In November 2005 the Governor signed "Nicole's Law" which
requires every home in the state to have carbon monoxide (CO)
alarms beginning on March 31, 2006. Last year Acushnet Town
Meeting passed a by-law that requires a carbon monoxide alarm
present at the time of the sale of a home. While the new state
law is similar to our local by-law, there are several important
anyone who owns residential property (privately owned home or
rental property) regardless of size (1 & 2 family, apartment
houses) that contain fossil fuel burning equipment (oil, natural
gas, propane, wood, coal, etc.) OR has enclosed parking
(attached or enclosed garages) is required to install carbon
monoxide alarms by March 31st.
In order to
comply with this new law you must install one CO alarm on every
level of your home including basements and attics that have
habitable living spaces such as family rooms, dens, etc. On
levels of your home with sleeping areas the alarms must be
placed within ten feet of the bedroom doors. Sleeping areas
separated by large distances may require more than one alarm.
allows you as the homeowner to decide what type of CO alarm to
be used. Your choices include battery powered with indicators
of low battery power, plug-in units with batter backup and
primary power (hardwired) units.
If you are a
landlord the law places additional responsibilities upon you.
Landlords must inspect, test and maintain the CO alarms at least
once a year or at the beginning of any rental period, such as
lease or renewal or apartment turnover. Batteries are required
to be replaced once a year.
How will this
law be enforced? While your home is required to comply by the
end of March, our inspectors will be looking to see that the
alarms are present and in the proper locations AT THE TIME OF
SALE OR TRANSFER. At the closing of a sale of a home the seller
is required to provide a certificate that indicates that the
home being sold complies with residential smoke alarm
requirements. This form has been modified to reflect the new CO
alarm requirement. Without this certificate the closing cannot
residents with questions about this new law or those interested
in receiving additional information are asked to contact the
department by any means listed on our "CONTACT"
page by clicking on the hyper-linked text.