Amanda’s Law, passed in the 2009 Session of the New York State Legislature, establishes a new requirement for installation of carbon monoxide detectors in homes.
Under the law, one-family homes, two-family homes, dwellings located in condominiums or cooperatives, and multiple dwellings must have a carbon monoxide detector installed regardless of the date of construction or sale.
The law was named after Amanda Hansen, a teenager whose life was tragically ended by a carbon monoxide leak from a defective boiler while she was sleeping at a friend’s house in January 2009.
The new law requires that the carbon monoxide detector be a device meeting New York State standards, and that it be installed in an operable condition in dwellings where there are appliances or systems that may emit carbon monoxide or have an attached garage.
Prior to Amanda’s Law, carbon monoxide detectors were required in one-family dwellings, two-family dwellings, and dwellings located in condominiums or cooperatives only if they were constructed or offered for sale after July 30, 2002. For multiple dwellings (such as a tenement, hotel, and dormitories) carbon monoxide detectors were required if they were constructed or offered for sale after August 9, 2005.
As a result of Amanda’s Law, a carbon monoxide detector will be found in nearly all residential structures in the state. This creates a safer living environment for New York residents and creates a greater awareness of home safety issues that are intensified by seasonal heating issues prevalent in the Northeast. Amanda’s Law took effect on February 22, 2010.
Learn these 8 fire safety tips and practice them – they just might save your or your family's life.
1) Replace old smoke detectors. If your smoke detectors are more than 10 years old, replace them. Not sure how old they are? Replace them. Your family's safety is worth the price.
NOTE: In Oct. 2012, NBC televised an investigative report stating that ionization-type smoke detectors could take 30 minutes or more to detect smoke in the home. According to the investigative report, the photo-electric detector is more sensitive to smoke and its alarm will sound sooner than the ionization type of detector, possibly giving you and your family more time to escape. Adding a photo-electric smoke detector to your home was one of the recommendations made during the program. (The claims made by NBC have not been scientifically verified, and the Monticello Fire Department does not endorse one kind of detector over another; you should do your own research on this issue and decide which type of detector you prefer.)
2) Test your smoke detectors monthly. Just because they are installed, doesn't mean they are operational. Testing them regularly is ideal.
3) Change the batteries in your smoke detectors every 6 months. Every spring and fall, change your batteries in your smoke detectors.
4) Install a smoke detector on EVERY LEVEL of your home. The NFPA recommends a smoke detector on every level of your home, especially in hallways, and outside bedroom doors or just inside bedrooms doors.
5) When you walk into any structure, look to see where fire exits are. Develop this good habit so that you know the way out of a restaurant, nightclub, office or other building if there is a fire or other emergency.
6) When staying in a hotel, look at the fire escape map on the back of the hotel room door. Make a note of which direction you would turn, how many doorways you would pass to reach the fire exit, etc. Also, look for a smoke detector in the hotel room and if there is a sprinkler system.
7) Make sure your HOUSE NUMBER is visible from the road. In the event of an emergency at your home, the fire department and ambulance crew need to see your address clearly. It could save precious seconds if emergency personnel can find you quickly.
8) Where is the closest fire hydrant to your house? It might help save your house if you can direct firefighters to the closest hydrant. Maintain the area around the hydrant, keeping weeds and brush clear, including shoveling snow from around it in the winter.
Help us find your home or business in an emergency with these highly reflective address markers. Priced at just $15, these reflective address markers (up to 5 digits) will help emergency service providers find your address more efficiently at night.
Markers should be installed on your mailbox post or on a metal stake near your driveway, ideally at least 3 feet above the ground. Keep snow clear of the marker for best visibility. We will install your marker for an additional $5. We will waive the installation fee for senior citizens 65+.
Fill out the PDF order form on-screen -- or print and complete the form using a pen. Then mail the form with your check (do not mail cash), or bring the form to the firehouse with cash or check. Sorry, no credit cards accepted; only cash or check. Call the firehouse 794-6330 during office hours if you have any questions.
Here are 5 simple safety lessons you should discuss with your kids:
1) Never play with matches or lighters!
2) If there is a fire in your house GET OUT and STAY OUT. Never go back into a burning building for any reason.
3) Practice a fire drill with the whole family. Every family should practice their escape route by pretending there is a fire in their home. And everyone should have 2 ways out, not just one. Keep in mind you might have to crawl to avoid heavy smoke too!
4) Have a meeting place. Decide on a meeting place a safe distance from the house if there is a real emergency or fire in your home. Perhaps the end of your driveway, or a neighbor's porch.
5) At your meeting place, take a head count to make sure everyone is there.
View a PDF Order Form Here.
Address Marker Cost: $15
Installation available for: $5
(The installation fee is waived for
senior citizens +65)