Learning the New Carbon Monoxide Law

The state of Nebraska has passed a new law that will affect everyone who wants to sell their home in the future. We know that reading a long document of legal jargon can be confusing, so we’re breaking down the new law for you to the simplest degree.

If you own your home, it is a good and safe idea to have a carbon monoxide detector somewhere in the building. But now in Nebraska, when the time comes to sell your home, having a carbon monoxide detector on every habitable floor of the home will be required for the sale to take place. It is your responsibility as the seller to ensure the detector is in place before filling out the required paperwork to list your home.

Even if you are not planning on selling your home soon, invest in installing a carbon monoxide detector inside your home on every floor for the safety of your family. Every year, over 400 Americans die from carbon monoxide poisoning and even more go to the hospital for treatment according to the CDC.

The legal definition of a carbon monoxide detector is:

(1) Carbon monoxide alarm means a device that detects carbon monoxide and that:

(a) Produces a distinct, audible alarm;

(b) Is listed by a nationally recognized, independent product-safety testing and certification laboratory to conform to the standards for carbon monoxide alarms issued by such laboratory as determined by the State Fire Marshal;

(c)(i) Is battery-powered;

(ii) Plugs into a dwelling’s electrical outlet and has a battery backup;

(iii) Is wired into a dwelling’s electrical system and has a battery backup; or

(iv) Is connected to an electrical system via an electrical panel; and

(d) May be combined with a smoke detecting device if the combined device complies with applicable law regarding both smoke detecting devices and carbon monoxide alarms and if the carbon monoxide alarm is distinct and descriptively annunciated from a smoke detecting alarm.

If you have any questions over carbon monoxide detectors, or the new law in Nebraska, don’t hesitate to call your CBSHOME Realtor today!

Post writted by: CBSHOME REAL ESTATE

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