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2010-C-01: Amanda's Law: Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors/Alarms

To: All Housing Authority Chairpersons and Executive Directors
     All Housing Company Owners, Managing Agents and Site Managers

From: Robert Damico, Downstate Director &
          Joe Fryer, Upstate Director, Housing Management Bureau

Date: May 7, 2010

Subject: Amanda's Law: Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors/Alarms

Governor David A. Paterson last year signed Amanda's Law (A6093A / C.367), which went into effect on February 22, 2010. It is named for 16-year-old Amanda Hansen of West Seneca, New York, who died January 17, 2009, due to a carbon monoxide leak from a defective boiler while she was sleeping at a friend's house.

The law requires CO alarms to be installed in all new and existing one and two-family dwellings, multifamily dwellings and rentals with a fuel-burning appliance, system or attached garage. Previously, only homes built or bought after July 30, 2002, were required to install these devices.

General requirements: for townhouses (attached but regulated as single family dwellings) is for a CO alarm to be installed on the lowest level having a sleeping area in each unit, and for multiple dwellings (three or more dwelling units) to be installed in each dwelling area that is on the same story as a CO source.

The specific requirements of the law differ for new and existing residences and also vary depending on the age of the building and occupancy category. For more information, check the Department of State website:

Amanda's Law amends the Executive Law, which also allows cities with a population over one million to continue to have their own building codes. However, that city code must be at least as stringent as the Uniform Code. The Department of State has confirmed that New York City is in the process of upgrading their code to require carbon monoxide alarms consistent with Amanda's Law, and therefore must now be in compliance with the new ruling.

If you have questions concerning the law in general or appropriate alarm locations, please contact Architecture & Engineering Bureau architect, Jim Maloney, at (212) 480-7376.

- Robert Damico
- Joseph Fryer

Last updated on 05/07/10