- CO detectors must be installed in apartments.fire detector on ceiling image by StarJumper from Fotolia.com
Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a harmful, noxious gas that replaces oxygen. CO can enter a home from a faulty water heater, furnace or gas system. People cannot taste, smell, see or otherwise detect CO without a CO alarm, which functions much like a smoke detector. The state of Minnesota requires multifamily homes, such as apartments, condominiums and townhomes to install CO detectors.
- Minnesota law requires that all multifamily units have CO detectors installed within 10 feet of each sleeping room. If there is no way to place one CO detector so that it is within 10 feet of all sleeping rooms, then multifamily managers must install two or more CO detectors.
- The law went into effect on August 1st, 2009, and covers both new and existing multifamily residences.
- According to Minnesota law, multifamily units that do not have any sources of carbon monoxide are not required to install carbon monoxide detectors. However, the owner of such a multifamily property must inform the commissioner of public safety that there is no threat of CO release.