Do I need Carbon Monoxide Detectors?


Where to Put These CO Alarms

In most residences, carbon monoxide alarms are required to be located on every level of a home or dwelling unit including habitable portions of basements and attics. On levels with sleeping areas the alarms must be placed within ten feet outside of the bedroom doors. CO alarms do not go inside garages.

When to Install CO Alarms

Most residences are required to install CO alarms by March 31, 2006. After that date anyone who sells their property will be required to have an inspection by the fire department prior to the sale or transfer of their property.

Having to Do This

Carbon monoxide (CO), known as the Invisible Killer, is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that results from incomplete burning of fuels such as:

  • Coal
  • Gasoline
  • Natural Gas
  • Oil
  • Propane
  • Wood

Each year many people die from accidental CO poisoning and thousands more are injured. This law was passed to protect all of us from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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