Carbon Monoxide Alarms

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious public health concern. Statistics published by The People’s Law library of Maryland show that More than 10,000 people are poisoned by carbon monoxide and require medical treatment each year. Annually more than 500 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning in the U.S alone.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon monoxide alarms are defined as devices that are capable of detecting carbon monoxide. When an unhealthy accumulation of carbon monoxide is sensed, the device is capable of producing a distinct and audible sound that warns the residents.

Maryland Laws and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon Monoxide Alarms are required in all Maryland new and existing rental properties as of April 1st, 2018. New Legislation requires alarms to be place outside all sleeping areas of any given rental property. (House Bill 0849 and Senate Bill 0182.)

How to Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

CO detectors can be either battery powered or plug directly into a wall outlet. Combination units are also available that contain both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in a single unit. Watch this short video for a step by step demonstration of installation process for Carbon Monoxide Detectors:


-Install at least one carbon monoxide detector on each level of your home.

-Put a CO detector in or near each bedroom of your home.

-Write the date purchased on the back of each alarm.

-CO detectors can be installed at any height in the room, including being plugged directly into a wall outlet.

-Write the replacement date replace on each battery and change batteries as needed or every 6 to 12 months.

-Clean CO detectors yearly by gently vacuuming or blow detectors out with canned air.

-Replace carbon monoxide detectors every 10 years.


Connie Phillips