Austin homes with gas appliances must have CO detector

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If you live in a home that has gas or fuel-burning appliances, beginning April 1, 2018, you’ll be required to install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms in Austin.

The new city code also applies to commercial properties, which was approved in the fall. 

In a home, a CO alarm must be installed outside of each separate sleeping area and in the immediate vicinity of each sleeping area. A CO alarm must be installed in a sleeping area if a fuel-burning or solid fuel appliance is located within the sleeping area. 

You need a CO detector if you have the following:
  • Gas water heater
  • Garage connected to your home
  • Fireplace
  • Gas stove/heater/dryer

“Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that cannot be smelled, seen or heard, but it can be detected through an alarm,” Code Supervisor Moses Rodriguez said. “It can only be detected through an alarm. That is why this ordinance is so important. For safety measures, it’s important to install the CO alarms if you have any gas appliances at home.”

Previously, carbon monoxide alarms have not been required. The Austin Code Department says it will enforce carbon monoxide alarms within residential and commercial buildings. 

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