What is Carbon Monoxide?
- It is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death.
- CO is found in combustion fumes such as those produced by cars, trucks, small gasoline engines, stoves, lanterns, burning charcoal and wood, gas ranges and heating systems. CO becomes deadly if it builds up in enclosed or badly ventilated areas. Red blood cells pick up CO, and prevent the body from properly absorbing oxygen, damaging tissues and possibly causing death.
- Everyone – people and animals – are at risk for CO poisoning. Certain groups – unborn babies, infants, and people with chronic heart disease, anemia or respiratory problems – are more susceptible.
View a brief legal update video regarding the new law from CAR's General Counsel, Eugene Marconi:
Download CAR's Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet (PDF).
Download an Affidavit Concerning Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors (PDF).
Frequently Asked Questions about the New Detector Law
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.
As of January 1, 2014, Sellers of 1-2 family homes built prior to October 1, 2005 will be required to furnish their purchasers with an affidavit that the property has working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Failure to provide the affidavit requires the sellers to credit their purchasers with $250 at closing.
View the text of the law Public Act No. 13-272 - An Act Requiring Working Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Certain Residential Buildings at the Time Title is Transferred.
Info from the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH)
Access more detailed information on Carbon Monoxide from the Connectuct DPH.
On the Radio
2013 CAR President Mary Ann Hebert and Waterbury Fire Marshal Chief Ballou were featured in a radio segment which aired on 99.1 WPLR, Star 99.9, 95.9 Fox. Listen to or download the podcasts.
Lowe’s REALTOR® Discount Program will Save Your Clients Money on CO/Smoke Detectors and More.
Join the Lowe’s Realtor Benefits program at https://www.lowesrealtorbenefits.com/ where you can send 10% discount coupons for use in Lowe’s stores to clients and customers. With CO and Smoke Detectors becoming needed in many homes, these coupons would provide a valuable discount to help your clients get what they need. Visit the program today to register and access the coupons! You will need your NRDS ID to register.
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