Parenting Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for parents, grandparents, nannies and others with a parenting role. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Is it a law that every house/apartment has to have a carbon monoxide detector as well as a smoke detector? I live in an older apartment complex and am worried that I need to go get my own detector.

share|improve this question

closed as off topic by Beofett Oct 9 '12 at 14:30

Questions on Parenting Stack Exchange are expected to relate to parenting within the scope defined by the community. Consider editing the question or leaving comments for improvement if you believe the question can be reworded to fit within the scope. Read more about reopening questions here.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

It depends on where you are. You need to check your local safety codes (or at least include a location in your question). – Brian White Oct 9 '12 at 0:55
How is this related to Parenting? – Dave Clarke Oct 9 '12 at 10:24
@Dave Not so much as a parent, but as a big fan of having enough oxygen to breath, I rather like CO detectors. As a parent, I hope to pass on my love of oxygen to my daughters, like how my father passed down the love of classic rock to me. – corsiKa Oct 9 '12 at 12:10
@Brian - the fact that the word local was used in your comment indicates that instead of including a location, the question should be closed as too localized. – corsiKa Oct 9 '12 at 12:12
@corsiKa: Your argument does not convince me that this question is on topic. – Dave Clarke Oct 9 '12 at 13:32

Laws on this kind of thing differ not only from country to country but from state to state, so ask your local council.

That said, if you use gas for cooking or for heating, a carbon monoxide detector is a really good idea. It is cheap, the batteries typically last for five or ten years, and it can stop you and your family dying in your sleep!

Get one fitted because you should, not because you have to.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.