City Council bill aimed at making carbon monoxide detectors mandatory

Currently, there's no law in NYC that requires landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors.

In New York State, carbon monoxide detectors are only required in one and two-family homes, condominiums and co-ops built after 2002. In the Bronx and the city, there are many tenants living in apartments built prior to 2002. That's why Bronx Councilman Jose Serrano is a sponsor of legislation that would require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors.

Recent incidents related to carbon monoxide poisoning like the one at 1601 University Avenue that sent more than 20 people to the hospital has the City Council looking at legislation on the matter. Although no one was killed in that incident, other Bronx residents were not as lucky. In January, a father and daughter from Woodlawn died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

If the legislation is passed, it would go into effect in October.

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