Montgomery County has issued new rules regarding Carbon Monoxide Alarms

As of July 1, 2019, your home MUST have a Carbon Monoxide Alarm if the following apply:

    • Single-unit, two-unit or townhouse
    • Building permit issued prior to January 2008
    • Has gas-operated appliances or an attached garage

This is an improvement from the current law, which states that only new construction homes must be equipped with the alarms.  Carbon Monoxide Alarms have been required in all residential rental units in Maryland since April 1, 2018.

Carbon Monoxide is a toxic, flammable gas.  It is known as the ‘Silent Killer’ because you cannot see, smell or taste it.  Therefore, a properly working carbon monoxide alarm is an important protection for you and your family.  An Alarm will alert residents when the gas is present.  These alarms are especially important in a home with gas appliances, a fireplace, or an attached garage.  If your alarm sounds, get out of the home and call 911.

The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service offers free Home Safety Visits to county residents.  They will also check for appropriate Smoke Alarms).  You should take advantage of this valuable service provided by our County to help ensure you and your family are all safe (as well as in compliance with the Law).


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