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Code Alert: New York, 26 January 2010

New York State revised requirements for carbon monoxide alarms go into effect on February 22, 2010.

In order to comply with recently passed legislation the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council unanimously passed at their December 16, 2009 meeting an emergency rule regarding requirements for carbon monoxide alarms. The emergency ruling making amends section RR313.4 of the 2007 Residential Code of New York State.

On August 26, 2009, a bill introduced by Assemblyman Mark J. F. Schroeder, which would require carbon monoxide alarms in all homes passed the New York State Legislature. The bill, known as Amanda’s Law became a law August 26, 2009 and will go into effect on February 22, 2010. The bill was named for Amanda Hansen, a 16-year-old West Seneca, NY girl who died January 20, 2009 from carbon monoxide poisoning from a defective boiler while sleeping at a friend’s house.

The law requires one- and two-family homes, condominiums or cooperatives, and multiple dwellings with appliances, devices or systems that may emit carbon monoxide or that have an attached garage to have a carbon monoxide alarm installed regardless of the date of construction or sale. The device must meet New York State standards.

Amanda’s Law and the requirements in the emergency ruling can be viewed at the following link: http://www.dos.state.ny.us/code/COAlarm.htm

Contact: Gil Moniz: gilmoniz@nema.org


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