Carbon Monoxide Detector Law Kicks In Tomorrow
Carbon monoxide detectors are flying off the shelves of hardware stores as homeowners and landlords work to get them installed by the new year.
Beginning tomorrow, the state will require all hotels, apartment complexes and homes to be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms.
Owners of single-family homes will be required to have the detectors when their home is sold or when they apply for a remodeling permit.
One hardware store in Yakima has sold almost 500 alarms over the past month -- most of that going to apartments in the Yakima area.
"There's been a lot of demand lately with people buying 20, 30, or even 50 CO detectors just so that they're in compliance with the law," said Roy's Ace Hardware owner Brad Christianson.
"Taking care of my kids is the main thing," said Teresa Patton, "And it would be devestating to know that if they got that in their system, that would be something... Very horrible."
Carbon monoxide detectors can cost between 20 and 60 dollars.