Change Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries!

Maintaining these detectors is vital to home safety. Make sure they are working properly and have working batteries.

On February 10, 2010 Amanda’s Law went into effect in New York State to help protect you and your family from the deadly effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Amanda’s law is named for Amanda Hansen, 16, of West Seneca, who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while at a sleepover at a friend’s home. Officials later determined she had been exposed to lethal levels of carbon monoxide from a defective boiler in the home's basement, where she and her friend were having a sleepover.

The new law requires the following: Carbon Monoxide alarms must be installed in all new and existing one and two family dwellings and multifamily dwellings that have fuel burning appliances

  • Property owners with homes built before 2008 must have at least one functioning carbon monoxide detector on the lowest level of the residence that has a bedroom.
  • A detector must be installed on every level of a dwelling that has a bedroom.
  • When replacing a hot water tank, furnace, fire place or any other device that emits carbon monoxide, the homeowner must install a carbon monoxide detector if one is not already present.

Further information on Amanda’s Law can be found at http://dos.state.ny.us/code/COAlarm.htm