State law requires carbon monoxide detectors in 2013

December 26, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

Starting Jan. 1, state law requires most existing apartments, condominiums and single-family residences to install carbon monoxide detectors.

Landlords must install detectors outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of bedrooms and on each level.

Starting in 2011, state law required carbon monoxide detectors in all newly constructed single-family homes and multifamily residences.

The law does not require homeowners living in homes purchased prior to July 26, 2009, to install carbon monoxide detectors until they sell the home. The units typically cost between $25 and $50.

Once installed, renters must keep the units operational with fresh batteries. Landlords must replace carbon monoxide detectors every five to seven years as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

In some cases, physical symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include severe headache, nausea and vomiting, and lethargy and fatigue. Head outside for fresh air immediately and call for medical help from a mobile phone or a neighbor’s home if carbon monoxide poisoning occurs.

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