As of January 1st, 2013 carbon monoxide detectors will be required for homes in Washington. In the US, on average, 250 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning each year. The law requiring carbon monoxide detectors was passed in 2009, but goes into effect for all buildings that are used for residential occupancy on January 1st, 2013. Read the official RCW here.
The new law requires that every condo and every rental property (no matter when it was sold or built) and every single family home (sold after July 26th, 2009) have carbon monoxide detectors installed. This causes me some concern when put into the context of condominium buildings. The law is not clear as to where the responsibility lies, on the home owner, or the condo association. Regardless of who is ultimately responsible for having the detectors installed, we can all come together to make sure that our friends, families and neighbors know about the new law.
Many options are available in local hardware and home improvement stores. The Washington Administrative Code (WAC), requires that the carbon monoxide detectors meet the standards of the Underwriters Laboratory Standard . Look for compliance with UL 2034 on the packaging. If you prefer to shop from the comfort of your own home, Amazon.com has several options, including this one that I installed in my condo.
For a wider view of the new law:
Carbon Monoxide Detector Saves Mans Life‘ – Komo News
Timelines For Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation – Department of Planning and Development
Carbon Monoxide Detector Laws – King 5 News (Video)