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How Old is Your Carbon Monoxide Detector? It May be Time to Check


First Alert is asking residents, how old is your carbon monoxide detector in your home? If you’re not sure, now is the time to check. The company says carbon monoxide detectors (CO) must be replaced as they get closer to their expiration date.

CO detectors last between 5 and 7 years. Back in 2010, residents in the state were protected against Carbon monoxide poisoning in part by “Amanda’s Law.” The law implemented CO protection measures throughout the state and since, CO detectors have helped save lives.

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless and potentially fatal gas. The Center for Disease Control says there are over 100,000 ER visits and nearly 420 deaths each year due to accidental CO poisoning in the country.

Amanda’s Law added the following requirements towards protecting New Yorkers:

  • Mandating CO detectors in all one and two family homes, dwellings located in condominiums or cooperatives, and multiple dwelling regardless of the date of construction or sale.
  • Homes that are built prior to 2008 are allowed to have battery CO detectors installed, but homes built after January 1st, 2008 must have the detectors hardwired into the home.
  • Contractors are required to install CO detectors when replacing a hot water tank or furnace if the home does not have a detector.

“This anniversary highlights how crucial it is to replace expiring alarms in order to detect this poisonous gas and help to provide early warning,” said Ashley Gocken, a First Alert fire safety expert with Resideo Technologies, Inc. “If you can’t recall when you last installed a CO or smoke alarm, there’s a good chance it’s time to replace your old units. Installing new alarms and testing them regularly are some of the most essential steps in home safety.”

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