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Cooper signs 'Weston's Law' to make elevators safer in NC rental homes

The new law requires rental homeowners who have a large gap between the floor and the elevator to cover it with a barrier. The new safety requirements take effect Oct. 1.

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Bryan Anderson
, WRAL state government reporter
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed off on a measure to improve safety conditions at short-term rental properties.

The new law comes in response to a young boy's death last summer at a vacation rental. Seven-year-old Weston Androw of Ohio had been crushed between the inner and outer doors of an elevator at a beach home in Corolla.

His mother and father, Timeka and David, pushed for improved safety standards after the incident and hope similar action will be taken in other states.

“It means so much to us that our voices and the voices of other parents who have been crying out for something to be done about this problem, are finally being heard,” Timeka Androw said in a statement. “I hope that Weston’s Law will inspire other legislators and the residential elevator industry to take action and end this problem once and for all.”

Residential elevators were linked to 4,600 injuries and 22 deaths from 1981 to 2019, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The law requires rental homeowners who have a large gap between the floor and the elevator to cover it with a barrier. The measure passed both chambers unanimously. The new safety requirements outlined in House Bill 619 take effect Oct. 1.

"This law requires much-needed safety measures for elevators in short-term rentals,” Cooper said in a statement. “While this action sadly can’t reverse the tragedy that killed Weston Androw, it does mean better protection to prevent future injuries and deaths.”

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