Carbon monoxide detectors are REQUIRED BY LAW in what states?

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Real Estate Agent with Alain Pinel BRE 01367196

IT'S THE LAW!

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL),  of January 2011, twenty-four states have statutes requiring carbon monoxide detectors in certain residential buildings.

Alaska | CaliforniaColoradoConnecticut | Florida | Georgia | Illinois | MaineMaryland | Massachusetts| Michigan | Minnesota | MontanaNew Jersey | New HampshireNew York | North Carolina | Oregon | Rhode Island | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | WashingtonWisconsin | West Virginia

We're seeing quite a few inquiries about this.

In California, this becomes effective July 1, 2011.

One may consider swapping out the regular smoke detectors with combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors which are available from so many resources like Home Depot and even Amazon.com

 

WHICH ONE TO GET?

Here's a link to Consumer Guide's review of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors 

This model is rated as a Best Buy. It's Kidde Nighthawk AC Combination Smoke & CO Alarm KN-COSM-IB 900-0114. Rated 4 stars out of 5.

 

EASY AND INEXPENSIVE PREVENTIVE MEASURE

Need to be reminded of this looming deadline. It can be so easly overlooked or forgotten.

This is especially necessary where people use gas for heating.

Too many episodes of people dying from carbon monoxide poisoning. This is an inexpensive and excellent preventive measure.

Do it....for safety and peace of mind. Besides, IT'S THE LAW! 

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Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I spent nearly $1000 retrofitting the rentals and my home to comply.

It is a great idea!

Jun 22, 2011 02:45 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Bill --- good for you! Can't believe it took this long to make it a requirement.

Jun 22, 2011 02:54 PM #2
Rainmaker
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C. Lloyd McKenzie
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Pacita, this is a must read for all REALTORS and homeowners.  

Jun 22, 2011 03:39 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
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Lloyd, 

It's specialy relevant for investors with rental properties. Think of all the potential lawsuits that could be avoided by adhering to the law.

Thanks!

Jun 22, 2011 03:41 PM #4
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Bruce Kunz
Bruce Kunz @ Veltri & Associates, 866-483-5874 x464 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Great post, Pacita. CO & Smoke detectors should be in every place people are! It's sad that this type of thing needs to be law before people understand the importance (and many still don't get it' even then).  Unfortunately, something that cannot be seen or smelled isn't taken seriously - often until it's too late.
Thanks for sharing.

Jun 22, 2011 03:54 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
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Bruce -- Spread the word. Let's all be careful out there!

Jun 22, 2011 04:53 PM #6
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Robert Smith
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Many, many (many many) years ago I purchased a plug-in CO2 detector for something like $90.  It was worth it for the peace of mind knowing that my family would be alerted in case of equipment malfunction.  Now you can get the combo units (smoke and CO2) much more affordably.  It should be common sense to replace all smoke detectors with the combination units. 

Our local fire department gives away and installs free smoke detectors a couple of times a year. I'd love to see them do it with the combo units, too.

Jun 22, 2011 09:37 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
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Robert, in my city, the new code calls for a detector in every bedroom. It could be pricey ---but definitely worth it. See Bill Feela's comment that he spent over $1000 for his home and his rentals in order to comply.

Think: peace of mind....peace of mind...peace of mind....

Jun 23, 2011 12:26 AM #8
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