Do you know about Carbon Monoxide Alarms?
The State of Washington made a change in the laws pertaining to Carbon Monoxide Alarms. Effective April 2012, sellers of residential real estate are required to install carbon monoxide alarms in their properties prior to closing.
Why are carbon monoxide alarms necessary?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas that kills approximately 500 people in the US every year. In Washington State alone, between 1990 and 2005 over 1,000 carbon monoxide deaths were reported. You can’t hear, taste, see or smell it. In fact in many cases the victims knew they didn’t feel well, but became so disoriented that they were unable to save themselves, by calling for help or leaving the building. Usually it will affect your children and pets first.
When is the seller required to install carbon monoxide alarms?
Sellers must install CO alarms before a buyer or another person may legally occupy the residence following a sale. The building code (WAC 51-51-0315) requires that an alarm be installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the vicinity of each bedroom, on each level of the dwelling, and in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
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