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New Carbon Monoxide Detector Law

Effective February 1, 2011, all one and two family dwellings in Wisconsin need smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms (CO).

Multifamily dwellings are also required to have alarms, the law for these dwellings took effect in April of 2010.

For complete details on the law and information about Carbon Monoxide please visit the links below: 

State of Wisconsin Health Services

Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet

EPA Carbon Monoxide

Kidde Products

Know About CO

U.S. Fire Administration

Consumer Product Safety

Carbon Monoxide Safety from Qualified Hardware Library 



Effective February 1, 2011, ALL one and two family buildings including owner occupied buildings will be required to have CO detectors in accordance with Wisconsin's new Carbon Monoxide Detector Law.

Three families and larger buildings in Wisconsin that have attached garages or “fuel burning devices” –gas heat, oil heat, gas dryers, gas stoves etc. had a similar law become effective last April.  

CO detectors must be within 75 feet of all fuel burning device and within 15′ of each bedroom. One is required in the basement if there is a “fuel burning device” down there. They are also required in common hallways spaced no more than 75′.

Battery and plug in units are okay. Mount them on the ceiling or wall.

Please see the links tab   above for more information, CO law links.