New law requires CO alarms

TICONDEROGA - Feb. 22, new legislation took effect in New York State requiring the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Under "Amanda's Law," all new and existing one and two-family homes, multifamily homes and rentals with a fuel-burning appliance, system, or attached garage must have CO alarms.

This revised law requires homes built prior to 2008 to have a CO alarm installed on the lowest story having a sleeping area, while those built after 2008 must have a CO alarm on each story with a sleeping area or where a source of CO is located. Homes built before to 2008 may have battery-powered alarms, but homes constructed after January 1, 2008 will need to have the alarms hard-wired with battery-backup.

CO is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the U.S.

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