Carbon Monoxide Detector Bill Introduced in Colorado 2009 General Assembly
HB 09-1091 was just introduced in the Colorado General Assembly and by all accounts is on the fast track to passage.
As a result of the tragic deaths of the Lofgren family due to carbon monoxide poisoning, this legislation – as introduced – would mandate in part that:
- Any single family dwelling or unit in a multi-family dwelling offered for sale or transfer on or after July 1, 2009, would be required to have carbon monoxide detectors if the unit has a fuel-burning heater or appliance, a fireplace or attached garage;
- Any new construction of a single family dwelling or unit in a multi-family dwelling in which building permits are issued on or after July 1, 2009, would be required to have carbon monoxide detectors if the unit has a fuel-burning heater or appliance, a fireplace or attached garage;
- Rental units must be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors and landlords would be required to provide maintenance and replacement of the detectors when notified by tenants of such a need.
Upon passage, HB 1091 will directly impact developers of single-family and multi-family communities. Further, depending upon the requirements of governing documents, condominium and some townhome associations may also be required to ensure the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in units. I will continue to monitor HB 1091 and will provide our clients with updates on the bill as it proceeds through the legislative process.
Whether or not this pending legislation becomes law, CO Detectors are a good thing to consider installing in any home. They’re inexpensive, and provide tremendous value in the form of increased safety. To track the status of the bill, go to the General Assembly “status sheets” website, and use the drop down menu to select the range of bills that includes HB 09-1091.
For more information on carbon monoxide in homes, check out “Preventing Carbon Monoxide Problems”, a paper available from the Colorado State University Extension, or visit the website of the Indoor Air Quality Unit of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Those who need assistance obtaining and installing quality CO Detectors in their homes should feel free to contact A Master’s Hands for more information.