New law requires carbon monoxide detectors

December 13, 2012

By Administrator

Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, state law will require carbon monoxide detectors to be installed in all existing apartments, condominiums, hotels, motels and single-family residences, according to a press release from the city of Snoqualmie.

This law follows the January 2011 law that requires CO detectors to be installed in all new single-family homes and residences, according to the press release.

Owner-occupied single-family homes legally occupied before July 26, 2009, are not required to have CO alarms until they are sold, according to the press release.

The new Washington State Carbon Monoxide Alarm Law is part of continued efforts to prevent the loss of life from CO poisoning. Exposure to CO can lead to illness and in some cases death, according to the press release.

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, colorless, tasteless, odorless gas that is generated through the combustion of coal, wood, oil and other petroleum-based fuels such as gasoline and propane. The use of generators, charcoal or gas grills, or other fuel burning appliances in enclosed spaces are all common sources for CO poisoning, according to the press release.

Detectors can be purchased at most home improvement retailers and chain department stores, as well as online.

Learn more at access.wa.gov/ and search “Carbon Monoxide.” A fact sheet is also posted at www.cityofsnoqualmie.org in “City News & Information.”

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