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Carbon Monoxide Questions and Answers

I live in a single family home and my mother lives in a condo. Are we required to install carbon monoxide detectors?

If your home is heated by gas, coal, or oil you are required to install a carbon monoxide detector. If your condo has its own furnace or space heating device that burns a fossil fuel, you must install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector.

Must a carbon monoxide detector be installed in my apartment?

If your apartment contains a furnace or space heater that burns a fossil fuel, a carbon monoxide detector must be installed. If the building is heated by a central heating plant, detectors are not required in the apartment. The owner of the building must install detectors where required and provide tenants with written information regarding testing and maintenance. The tenant is responsible for maintaining and testing the detector. If the detector is battery operated, the tenant is responsible for changing batteries.

I have a carbon monoxide detector that is a piece of cardboard with a dot in the center that turns black if there is carbon monoxide in the room. Does this comply with the ordinance?

No. The ordinance requires that all carbon monoxide detectors comply with an Underwriters Laboratory standard 2034 or its equivalent. This means that, among other requirements, the detector must be battery operated, plugged into an electrical outlet, or wired into the building electrical system.

Where should the carbon monoxide detector be installed?

The carbon monoxide detector should be placed near sleeping areas so that you will be alerted even while sleeping.

Will the department of buildings issue a violation notice if I have not installed a carbon monoxide detector?

Yes.

What should I do if my carbon monoxide detector starts beeping?

When the unit is installed, read the operating instructions so that you know the difference between an actual alarm and a low battery power indicator. If you suspect that the alarm is actually in response to high levels of carbon monoxide, alert all persons in the house or apartment and get out immediately. If someone is incapable of leaving, call 911.