The following is a brief extract from the New York City
Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) WebSite relating to Carbon
Monoxide detectors. For further information go to
New York City's Carbon Monoxide Law
Frequently Asked Questions on NYC's New Carbon Monoxide Law
* What is carbon monoxide (CO)?
CO is a highly toxic gas. It is the product of the incomplete
combustion of fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas, gasoline, wood and
coal. The major sources of CO in homes and apartments are fossil fuel
burning boilers, furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces and parking garages.
CO is very dangerous because it is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and
non-irritating. CO poisoning can be fatal. The warning signs of CO
poisoning are headaches, dizziness, tiredness and nausea. If you feel that
you are suffering from the effects of CO poisoning or that your home may
have a CO leak immediately open all of the windows and remove yourself from
your home and call the Fire Department.
* What are building owners' responsibilities under New York City's new
law on carbon monoxide detectors?
Provide and install at least one approved carbon monoxide alarm within
each dwelling unit. The carbon monoxide alarms must be installed within
fifteen feet of the primary entrance to each sleeping room. This applies to
all multiple dwellings and one- and two-family homes.
* When must the detectors be installed?
All detectors must be installed by November 1, 2004. Under limited
circumstances, the Department of Buildings' borough offices may grant time
extensions until June 30, 2005. Extensions will be considered on a case by
case basis. Visit www.nyc.gov/buildings for more information about the
* Where can tenants and building owners get more information?
Tenants and building owners may call 311 or visit HPD's website at