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Baltimore City Requires CO Detectors

Don’t cha’ just love new laws? If so, you’ve got to be loving all the new junk coming down the pike lately from our Ultra-liberal Maryland politicians. It’s pretty tough to be a landlord in Baltimore City, what with the stringent lead laws, and now – how about some carbon monoxide for ya?

I just received this very important email from my friend June Piper-Brandon; Kick-ass Realtor in Anne Arundel County. June’s all over AA County, but does a lot of business in Baltimore City as well. If you have rental properties in Baltimore City, you better read about this new law.

Here’ s the reprint from THIS article from the Baltimore CityPaper

By Erin Sullivan | Posted 3/3/2010
Per the Baltimore City Health Department, as of March 1 it’s mandatory that you have a carbon-monoxide detector installed in your home. We haven’t heard much about this ordinance which, according to information posted on the Department of Health’s website, was introduced in Jan. 2008 but only went into effect this year.

The press release announcing the law (dated Feb. 23, but sent out by automated notification service on March 2—a day after it went into effect) indicates that the law “follows the February 13th sickening of six passengers on a cruise ship docked in Baltimore.” Which is somewhat baffling, since the law would not have applied to the cruise ship since it’s not a city dwelling. Plus, the law actually passed 18 months ago, way before that ship even docked in town.

A basic carbon-monoxide detector will only set you back around $20, but if you’re really strapped for cash, Johns Hopkins Children’s Safety, located inside Children’s Admitting at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, has 250 of them to give away for free to those who qualify. According to Kisha Price, health educator at JH Children’s Safety, they’ve only given away about 50 so far. (If we had to guess, we’d say that’s probably because there hasn’t been much in the way of a public-education campaign about the new law or what it requires.) If you qualify for need-based programs like WIC, temporary cash assistance, and the like, you probably qualify for a free detector. Call (410) 614-5587 to set up an appointment to get one.

Even after the freebies are gone, Kidde says, “our center offers them pretty much for what we pay for them, or less.” The center’s also got reduced-cost fire alarms and other such safety implements.

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