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Carbon monoxide detector law goes in effect today

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Gazette Staff
February 1, 2011

Homeowners, tenants and landlords of one- and two-family homes are required to have carbon monoxide alarms on each floor level starting today in accordance with a new state law. Attics, garages and storage areas are exempt.


Legislation regarding commercial property that contains residential units has been in place since 2008.


Fire service professionals recommend carbon monoxide alarms be placed near sleeping areas. Smoke detectors must be replaced every 10 years, and carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every five years to ensure the devices are in working order. Batteries should be replaced every six months. In addition, each detector should be tested regularly per manufacturer's recommendations.


For more information about the new requirement, call (608) 755-3052, (608) 755-3050 or (608) 755-3060.



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