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2014 Connecticut New Law on Residential Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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January 8th, 2014

 

Information provided by the Connecticut Association of Realtors.     

Every year unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning causes

  • More than 400 deaths; (highest fatalities among those 65 and older);
  • 20,000 emergency room visits;
  • 4,000 hospitalizations;
  • Common symptoms:
    • Mimic flu/cold – dizziness, weakness, nausea, headache
    • Chest pain and confusion
    • At high levels – loss of consciousness and death.

Connecticut Association of Realtors Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet.

  • The new law takes effect for transfers taking place after January 1, 2014.
  • The new law applies to one and two family homes built prior to October 1, 2005 to have both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (homes built after October 1, 2005 are already required to have hardwired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.)
  • Sellers will be asked to sign an affidavit at closing concerning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (an affidavit is a statement under oath that must be signed in front of a notary or attorney).
  • The law requires that the seller provide the affidavit or allow the buyer a $250 credit against the purchase price at closing.
  • In the affidavit, the seller will swear under oath that the property is equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and that the detectors are in working order as of the date of the closing.
  • Detectors may be battery operated unless the building code at the time the house was built required the installation of hardwired smoke (10/1/1985) and/or carbon monoxide (10/1/2005) detectors.
  • Any carbon monoxide detector must be capable of showing the concentration of carbon monoxide in parts per million (digital readout).
  • Any smoke and carbon monoxide detector must be capable of producing alarms to warn occupants.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Most battery operated smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will contain instructions as to the number needed and the placement within the home.
  • The closing attorney will provide the form of affidavit.

Click here to view Affidavit Concerning Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.

Notes: This brochure reprinted courtesy of: CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, INC. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors © 1997-2013 Connecticut Association of Realtors®, Inc.

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