New Law Requires CO Detectors
Amanda’s Law, passed in the 2009 Session of the New York State Legislature, will establish a new requirement for installation of carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in homes.
Under the law, one-family homes, two-family homes, dwellings located in condominiums or cooperatives, and multiple dwellings must have a carbon monoxide detector installed regardless of the date of construction or sale. The law was named after Amanda Hansen, a teenager whose life was tragically ended by a carbon monoxide leak from a defective boiler while she was sleeping at a friend’s house in January 2009.
The new law requires that the carbon monoxide detector be a device that meets New York State standards, and that it be installed in an operable condition in dwellings where there are appliances or systems that may emit carbon monoxide, or have an attached garage. This creates a safer living environment for New York residents and creates a greater awareness of home safety issues that are intensified by seasonal heating issues prevalent in the Northeast.
Amanda’s Law took effect on February 22, 2010.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced by burning material containing carbon. You can't see it, smell it, or taste it; but carbon monoxide can kill you.
It is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America--known as the "silent killer." The Centers for Disease Control estimates that carbon monoxide poisoning claims nearly 500 lives, and causes more than 15,000 visits to hospital emergency departments annually.
It is produced by common household appliances. When not properly ventilated, carbon monoxide emitted by these appliances can build up.
Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning such as headaches, nausea, and fatigue, are often mistaken for the flu because the deadly gas goes undetected in a home. Prolonged exposure can lead to brain damage and even death.
Sources of carbon monoxide:
Gas water heaters
Kerosene space heaters
Propane heaters and stoves
Gasoline and diesel powered generators
Gasoline powered concrete saws
Indoor tractor pulls
Any boat with an engine
Spray paint, solvents, degreasers, and paint removers