State Carbon Monoxide Laws for CO Alerts

Wooden Front Door 156443918Even though carbon monoxide poisoning affects or takes the lives of thousands of individuals every year, there are no federal carbon monoxide laws demanding that CO alerts be placed in every home or every public place. Some feel it is unnecessary to legislate because the percentage of people affected by CO poisoning is relatively small in comparison to the population of the United States. Nonetheless, there are some states that have seen it as a great enough concern that they are determined to prevent deaths and poisoning from carbon monoxide gas. Some of the legislation for carbon monoxide alerts is listed here below. This list does not include every state nor does it include the details of all the laws; it serves as a summary of many of the laws for CO alarms in states across the nation.

For Residential Homes

States that require functional CO alerts in all homes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

States that require functional CO alerts in all new homes but not older ones: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia.

States that require functional CO alerts with alarms in all homes: Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

States that require functional CO alerts that have been approved: California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Rhode Island.

States that require functional CO alerts to be placed in or near unto bedrooms or other rooms intended for sleeping in (with varying requirements for how many feet away the CO detector is allowed to be from the room): Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Vermont.

For Rented Residences

Family riding bicycles togetherStates that require functional CO alerts in all rented housing: Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington.

States that forbid tenants from removing or manipulating carbon monoxide detectors in their residences: Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

For Public Housing, School Buildings, Day Care Providers, and RVs

States that require functional CO alerts in some of the above locations: Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, and Vermont.

As legislation is ever changing, there are likely more state laws on the matter of CO alarms in homes, public places, etc. Additionally, cities and locales may indicate a greater need for attention on this matter and so local housing departments have required that there be carbon monoxide detectors in homes. But even so, while some states have not taken it upon themselves to create laws requiring the need for CO alerts, homeowners and home security companies have taken it upon themselves to install them because they’ve realized the risks involved. Consult your local housing department and then talk to your home security company about carbon monoxide detectors to find out what they offer and what they recommend to help you maintain carbon monoxide exposure in your own household.