New Carbon Monoxide Detector Law Now In Effect

On February 22, 2010, "Amanda's Law" became effective. The law requires carbon monoxide detectors in every 1-2 family property; apartments in a multiple dwelling; and all condominium and cooperative apartments where the dwelling unit has appliances, devices or systems that may emit carbon monoxide or has an attached garage.

Realtors must be aware of the new law and advise clients and customers of the same. To view the text of the law, click here.

Carbon monoxide detectors can be purchased in various stores and locations such as hardware stores. 

Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause these symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Flu-like symptoms, fatigue
  • Shortness of breath on exertion
  • Impaired judgment
  • Chest Pain 
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Agitation
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal Pain 
  • Drowsiness
  • Visual changes
  • Fainting
  • Seizure
  • Memory and walking problems

Sources which emit Carbon Monoxide include:

  • Gas water heaters
  • Kerosene space heaters 
  • Charcoal grills
  • Propane heaters and stoves
  • Gasoline and diesel powered generators
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Propane-fueled forklifts
  • Gasoline powered concrete saws
  • Indoor tractor pulls
  • Any boat with an engine
  • Spray paint, solvents, degreasers, and paint removers

For More Information, here are some helpful  web links:


Environmental Protection Agency, Protect Your Family and Yourself from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

USCG Safe Boating - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Centers for Disease Control - Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning on Your Boat


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