submitted by Bucks County Consumer Protection Agency
Q. I have rented apartments in the past and I understand that the landlord is required to have smoke detectors in the apartment. Now I’m renting a house.
I was told since there is a furnace in the house I should also have a carbon monoxide detector. The landlord informed me that he is not required to have carbon monoxide detectors.
If they are required to have smoke detectors, aren’t they required to have carbon monoxide detectors too? P.N., Morrisville
A. No, carbon monoxide detectors are not required in apartments or rental homes.
However, as the weather turns cold and you start to use a fuel-burning heating system, which includes furnaces, boilers, fireplaces, water heaters and space heaters, it is important to protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is slightly lighter than air.
It is toxic to humans and animals when encountered in higher concentrations.
It would be worth it to have your home inspected. It is recommended that the heating system be professionally inspected and serviced annually to ensure proper operation.
The inspector should also check chimneys and flues for blockages, corrosion, partial and complete disconnections, and loose connections, whether you rent your home or own it.
You should also have at least one carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home. It is always better to be safe than sorry.