Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Amanda’s Law-Carbon monoxide alarm requirements to go into effect February 22, 2010.
It requires essentially all residences, both new and existing, to have carbon monoxide alarms installed.

Constructed before January 1, 2008 - must have one alarm installed on lowest level with a sleeping area.
Constructed after January 1, 2008 - must have an alarm installed on each level with a sleeping area or where a carbon monoxide source is located.

Key
- Alarms must be interconnected so the actuation of one alarm will activate all of the alarms in the individual unit.
- Primary power source for the alarms should be from building wiring with secondary power from a battery if building was constructed after January 1, 2008. For older construction, the alarm can be battery operated.

The full text of the law is available at: click here
If you want to learn more about this law from other lawyers at the bar association, go to: click here