PORTLAND A new law that went into effect Friday requires carbon monoxide detectors in many Oregon homes.
Before a home can be sold, its owner will have to install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.
The law applies to any residence that contains a CO source. Gas furnaces, fireplaces, and other natural gas-powered appliances such as water heaters, clothes dryers, stoves and ovens are CO sources, according to Mike Hogan, of Kidde Residential & Commercial.
All rental units with a CO source also must contain properly functioning CO alarms as of Friday.
The Lofgren and Zander Memorial Act was named in honor of a Beaverton woman, Kara Zander, who died from carbon monoxide poisoning along with her boyfriend in 2002 and in honor of an Oregon family overcome by carbon monoxide in a Colorado vacation home.
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