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The Necessity of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas often referred to as the “silent killer.”
This deadly gas is emitted by a number of household appliances and pipes. The only way to safeguard
against carbon monoxide is with carbon monoxide detectors. These detectors should, just like smoke detectors,
be in every house or apartment. Landlords are required by law to supply, install, and routinely inspect
these detectors to ensure the safety of tenants.

Carbon monoxide detectors constantly read the level of CO in a home and if the gas reaches a dangerous
level, the alarm will sound.

A Landlord’s Carbon Monoxide Responsibility

A landlord can potentially be held liable for a death or injury of a tenant related to carbon monoxide
poisoning in his or her property. A landlord is responsible for the following:

  • Maintaining all gas appliances, flues, and pipe work to ensure that each is functioning properly and
    there are no gas leaks.
  • Providing routine inspections of all gas containing appliances and pipes. These inspections should be
    completed by professionals with the appropriate accreditation who are capable of detecting any leaks
    or potential danger zones.
  • Any gas appliances should be installed by the above mentioned professionals and not the landlord or
    any other outside party.
  • Keep a record of each previous safety inspection and questionable appliances.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by CO poisoning due to the neglect of a landlord,
contact the Rhinelander personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to
learn more about your legal options