Columbus - 
State Senators Kevin Bacon (R - Village of Minerva Park) and Michael  Skindell (D-Lakewood) announced they recently introduced Senate Bill 140, legislation  that would require a bittering agent to be added to certain types of antifreeze, helping to  prevent children and animals from becoming ill as a result of ingesting the product.

"Ingestion of antifreeze can be life-threatening to family pets and young children, but  fortunately there is a simple fix to this problem that will help prevent kids and animals  from accidently swallowing antifreeze," Bacon said. 

Most antifreeze used in cars today includes ethylene glycol, which is toxic to humans and  animals but has a sweet smell and taste - making it attractive to pets and small children.  Ingestion of antifreeze containing ethylene glycol can lead to health problems and even  death if not treated promptly, as symptoms from antifreeze poisoning can be subtle.  Bacon and Skindell's bill would require a bittering agent to be added to these products,  thereby making the antifreeze less likely to be ingested. 

"This is a serious problem and we have come up with a fair and workable solution to help  keep pets and children safe," said Skindell, who sponsored similar legislation in the 128th General Assembly as a member of the Ohio House. "I am looking forward to working  with Senator Bacon on this legislation and hope to get it passed into law."

Senate Bill 140 will now be assigned to a Senate committee for further review.
For more information, please contact Laurel Ullman in Senator Bacon's office at (614) 466-8064 or Andy Bowsher in Senator Hughes' office at (614) 466-5981.
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