Carbon Monoxide Detectors are Required in NY State Homes


Carbon Monoxide Detectors are Required in NY State Homes

by Peter Wallin, Insurance Agent, Elmira NY

Amanda Hansen was a teenager whose life was tragically ended by a carbon monoxide leak from a defective boiler while she was sleeping at a friend’s house in a Buffalo Suburb in January 2009.When I heard about it I was heartbroken. I used to live in this neighborhood when Marilyn and I were first married.

Amanda’s Law, passed in the New York State Legislature, established a new requirement for installation of carbon monoxide detectors in ALL homes.

What is Carbon Dioxide?
It is known as the “silent killer” because it is odorless, tasteless and colorless. It’s also toxic, since the gas can prevent your body from properly transporting oxygen. If you are exposed to carbon monoxide you might feel headaches, confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, burning eyes and loss of consciousness.

Where does it come from?

Carbon monoxide is a natural by-product of many home appliances. If you use charcoal, gasoline, kerosene, wood, propane, natural gas or heating oil to create energy or heat — hot water heaters, grills, furnaces, fireplaces, stoves, room heaters, etc. — then there is potential for carbon monoxide in your home. You should be aware of these dangers and carefully monitor these hazardous areas.

Where should I place carbon monoxide detectors in my home?
* Bedrooms — since we are most vulnerable while we are sleeping
* Kitchen- especially if you use gas appliances
* Basement near the furnace
* Garage near your car
* Laundry room

As a result of Amanda’s Law, New York residents will live in a safer environment, and create a greater awareness of home safety issues that are intensified by seasonal heating issues prevalent in the Northeast.

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