Buying or Selling a single family or two family home in Connecticut as of January 1st, 2014 will now require Carbon Monoxide detectors at closing or the seller will face a $250 fine.
Public Act No. 13-272 “An Act Requiring Working Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Certain Residential Buildings at the Time Title is Transferred” requires that sellers of 1-2 family homes built prior to October 1, 2005 will be required to furnish purchasers with an affidavit that the property has working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors or does not pose a risk to CO poisoning because it does not contain any fuel burning appliances, fireplaces or attached garage.
Best practice and common sense for all homeowners, landlords and tenants is to make sure that they have working:
- Smoke detectors.
- Carbon Monoxide detectors.
- Working fire extinguishers.
- Save and tape instruction sheet to item, write date of installation on item, check and replace items according to manufactures instructions.
Fact Sheet on Carbon Monoxide: (click on highlights to get more information)
- CO is a colorless, odorless and deadly gas produced by the incomplete burning of fossil fuels
- CO is produced by all fuel burning appliances
- Gas and oil furnaces
- Wood, kerosene and pellet stoves
- Automobile exhaust
- Gas dryers oven/stoves
- Fueled heaters
Some of the symptoms of CO poisoning:
- Loss of consciousness, brain damage and death
To get more information visit Connecticut Association of Realtors Connecticut Association of Realtors Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet.
This article has been written by David Popoff.
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