Are You In Compliance With The New Carbon Monoxide Detector Law?

By In Home Buyers/Sellers On February 5, 2010

On July 1, 2009 House Bill 09-1091 became law in Colorado.  The new law requires that carbon monoxide alarms be installed in residential properties.

What does this new law do?  A Summary:

This law requires homeowners and owners of rental property to install carbon monoxide alarms near the bedrooms (or other room lawfully used for sleeping purposes) in every home that is heated with fossil fuel, has a fuel-fired appliance, has a fireplace, or has an attached garage.

This requirement applies to every home that is sold, remodeled, repaired, or leased to a new tenant after July 1, 2009.

This law also protects a property owner, an authorized agent of a property owner, or anyone who installs a carbon monoxide detector from any potential future liability (or damages) resulting from the operation, maintenance, or effectiveness of the detector; so long as the detector was installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions and in accordance with this law.

This law also protects persons holding real estate licenses pursuant to Article 61 of Title 12, C.R.S from any damages, claimed by a purchaser, and related to the operation, maintenance, or effectiveness of a carbon monoxide alarm if such licensed person complies with the rules set forth in this law.

This law does not limit a municipality, city, home rule city and county, or other local government entity from adopting or enforcing any requirements regarding carbon monoxide alarms that are more stringent (or protective) than the requirements of this law.

What type of home does this law apply to?

-This law applies to:

  • Single-family homes: Property used or intended to be used as a residence that contains one dwelling unit.
  • Multi-family homes (including condominiums and cooperatives): Property used or intended to be used as a residence that contains more than one dwelling unit.
  • Homes that are owned by the residents, and
  • Homes used for rental purposes, AND

-This law applies to homes that have either:

  • A fuel-fired heater or appliance (fuel includes coal, kerosene, oil, gas, and wood)
  • A fireplace, or
  • An attached garage

Going along the same lines, don’t forget to clean your chimneys.  This can go a long ways towards preventing chimney fires.  There have had been two such fires in the Vail Valley this winter.  If you have heavy use of your fireplace throughout the winter, you should have your chimney cleaned once a year; or, at least every two years.  As well, it’s always a good idea to have your chimney inspected regularly.

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