In order to improve safety and reduce risks of carbon monoxide poisoning, Austin City Council adopted an ordinance with an effective date of April 1 requiring all homes in Austin to be outfitted by a CO detector if they meet the following requirements:
- There is a gas or fuel-burning appliance in the home (e.g. gas stove, gas dryer, fireplace, gas-powered furnace, etc); or
- The home is directly connected to a garage (i.e. there is a door leading to garage from kitchen or through a utility room).
If a home meets either of these standards, then one or more CO detectors will now be required.