Brinkman Partners

Carbon Monoxide Legislation

Date: Apr. 27th, 2009
Contact: Colorado Association of Realtors Phone: 303-790-7099

On March 24th, Governor Ritter signed HB 1091 into law. 

Beginning July 1, 2009, a seller of residential real property containing a fuel-fired heater or appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage will be responsible for assuring that a carbon monoxide alarm is properly installed within 15 feet of the entrance to each room lawfully used for sleeping.  No person shall have a claim for relief against a property owner or their authorized agent if a carbon monoxide alarm is installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s published instructions.  

HB-1091 covers all existing single-family and multi-family housing units offered for sale, transfer or rent.  In addition, all new residential construction is required to comply. 

 Carbon Monoxide Alarm: 

  • Detects Carbon Monoxide and produces a distinct, audible alarm.
  • Conforms to standards recognized by independent product-safety testing laboratories.
  • Is battery powered, plugs into a home’s electrical outlet and has a battery backup, or is connected to an electrical system via an electrical panel.
  • May be combined with a smoke detecting device if the combined device has signals that clearly differentiate between the two hazards.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms must be:

  • Installed in all homes with a fuel-fired heater or appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage.
  • Installed within 15 feet of the entrance to each room lawfully used for sleeping.