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Carbon monoxide detectors --- is now law in what states?


This is very important for all homeowners.  Very good information for Realtors to share with their clients.  The combination onesare great, I have one of each and they both works great.  Check to see if it is mandatory in your state. Please stop by Pacita Dimacali's post and leave her a comment



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 quire a few inquiries about this. In California, this becomes effective July 1, 2011.

One should 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


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.



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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Comment balloon 5 commentsC. Lloyd McKenzie • June 22 2011 03:44PM


Lloyd, they're not required in my state, but I think CO detetectors are a pretty good idea.  I like the Kidde combination smoke & CO detector - lots of good features.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 7 years ago

Well, I think it is apartment buildings that require it here; certainly not single family homes!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 7 years ago

Lloyd,  Section 509.211(4), Florida Statutes, applies to public lodging establishments that have "a boiler regulated under chapter 554 which is fired by the direct application of energy from the combustion of fuels and that is located in any portion of a public lodging establishment that also contains sleeping rooms."   Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale (Kwee Huset Realty) over 7 years ago

Lloyd -- thanks for the re-blog. Law or not, it's a good idea to be safe at all times. The cost of a smoke/carbon monoxide detector is so inexpensive in return for peace of mind, whether one is a homeowner, a rental property owner, or both.

Posted by Pacita Dimacali, Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA (Alain Pinel) over 7 years ago

Thank you for your comments. I appreciate them very much.  In the future, I will endeavor to respond to them in a more timely fashion. 


Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque over 6 years ago