The following information was recently provided by the Washington Association of REALTORS®:
A new law was adopted in the state of Washington designed to protect Washington residents from the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) – an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas that can be deadly. As of April 12, 2012 any owner-occupied single family residence must be equipped with a CO alarm before closing. CO is a poisonous gas that is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Young children and pets are typically the first affected. CO levels can rise quickly and become lethal if not detected. A CO alarm is the only safe way to find out if carbon monoxide is present in your home.
What for this mean to you?
Sellers of residential property in Washington must now have CO alarms installed in their home prior to closing. In addition, anyone doing a “significant” remodel that requires a building permit must also install the alarms.
What are the installation requirements?
Single station carbon monoxide alarms complying with UL 2034 must be installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of each bedroom, on each level of the residence and in accordance with the individual manufacturer’s recommendations.
Where do I get a CO alarm?
CO alarms are easily found at many home improvement retailers.
Where do I find out more?
Visit the Washington State Department of Health website at http://www.doh.wa.gov for more information on carbon monoxide.
I hope you find this information useful. Even though currently occupied homes are not required to be equipped with CO alarm, I would strong suggest that for the $25 per alarm cost, it is a small price to pay for your family’s safety.
Hope you all have a great week!