Carbon Monoxide detector required by law in Colorado
After a series of tragic deaths in Colorado in late 2008 and early 2009, then-Governor Bill Ritter signed House Bill 09-1091 into law. Also known as the Lofgren and Johnson Families Carbon Monoxide Safety Act, this bill went into effect on July 1, 2009. It requires:
- All single and multi-family RESIDENCES that have a fuel burning heater or appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage that are sold, rented, remodeled, or repaired after July 1, 2009, must have a carbon monoxide detector.
- If it is your personal residence or if it is used as a rental, it must have an operational carbon monoxide detector.
- New batteries must be provided to incoming tenants, and stolen units must be replaced.
- The detector must be installed within 15 feet to the entrance to any bedroom or other room lawfully used for sleeping.
- There is no liability to homeowner or Realtor if the detector has been installed according to manufacturer’s suggestions.
- The detector may either be a plug-in model or hard-wired.
If you would like more information, please contact Mimi Foster.