City of Austin Now Requires CO Detectors in Homes

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As of April 1, 2018, carbon monoxide detectors will be required in almost all Austin homes.

Did you know that in the United States between 2010 and 2015, a total of 2,244 deaths resulted from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning?  Many of these deaths could have been prevented had a properly installed carbon monoxide (CO) detector been present.

Does your home need a carbon monoxide detector?

In order to improve safety and reduce risks of carbon monoxide poisoning, the Austin City Council adopted an ordinance with an effective date of April 1 requiring all homes in the Austin city limits to be outfitted with a CO detector if they meet the following requirements:

*  There is a gas or fuel-burning appliance in the home (e.g. gas stove, gas dryer, fireplace, gas-powered furnace, etc.); or

*  The home is directly connected to a garage (i.e. there is a door leading to garage from kitchen or through a utility room).

If a home meets either of these standards, then one or more CO detectors will now be required.  Click HERE for additional details.