State law requires carbon monoxide detectors

January 2, 2013

By Administrator

Starting Jan. 1, state law required 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.

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.

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