Real estate info & tips: Since New Year's Day, all owners of older one- and two-family homes in Connecticut will be required to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their houses. The new state mandate affects homes built before October 2005 and becomes the law on Jan. 1, 2014. Newer homes already are required to have the devices installed. An average of four people die of carbon monoxide poisoning each year in Connecticut, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health. And hundreds more are require hospital treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning, according to Brian Toal, an epidemiologist for the department.
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