New carbon monoxide alarm law in Montgomery County


A new law in Montgomery County will require all single, two-unit, and townhouse residences to have working carbon monoxide alarms.

The carbon monoxide alarm law changes come after an initiative by councilmember Craig Rice and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue officials in promoting carbon monoxide safety. This law requires all single, two-unit, and townhouse residences that have fuel-burning appliances, a fireplace or an attached garage to install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms. State law has required co alarms in newly-constructed homes since 2008.

The council enacted the bill unanimously and it was signed by the county executive in October 2018. Fire officials want to remind residents to request safety checks for carbon monoxide in their homes.

“They can always call a local fire department or 311 and request to have a department come out and check their house for smoke alarms if they have them,” said Kelvin Thomas, MCFRS Battalion Fire Chief

The new carbon monoxide alarm law is effective July 1.

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