Vermont Law Requires Hard-Wired CO Detectors


A new Vermont law is requiring all apartments and condos to have hard-wired carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. The use of battery-operated CO detectors in the dwellings will no longer meet law requirements.

WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vt., reported that electricians are scrambling as condo associations and landlords are rushing to comply with the law, which went into effect Oct. 1.

Several laws were created after a student from the University of Vermont died from carbon monoxide poisoning in 2005. The odorless gas – referred to as the silent killer – has been responsible for 16 deaths in Vermont over the past 15 years.

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