Carbon monoxide detectors required

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Steve Benton
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
— Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that can be deadly. The state of Wisconsin has a new law, which takes affect October 1st, requiring many buildings to install monitoring systems that detect the gas.

Lead fire inspector for the Janesville fire department, Larry Hainstock, says the law affects multi-occupant residential dwellings including hotels, motels, condominiums, apartment buildings, and bed and breakfast facilities. Hospitals and nursing homes are not included. Existing buildings, or those already under construction, have until April, 2010 to comply.

Hainstock says the state, municipality or other planning agency will deal with initial compliance through the planning process. After that, fire officials will monitor compliance through regular inspections. The legislature enacted the bill last year.

Last updated: 10:05 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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