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Carbon monoxide detectors now required in Aspen, Pitkin County

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” By Monday, all homes in Aspen and Pitkin County must have a carbon monoxide detector outside each separate sleeping quarter.

Local emergency services will not undertake a door-to-door search to verify the existence of the detectors. However, building and fire code officials will monitor compliance and perform inspections as appropriate, said officials.

Local governments decided to strengthen regulations after all four members of the Lofgren family, of Denver, died from carbon monoxide poisoning during a Thanksgiving stay in an Aspen-area home. The residence did not have a carbon monoxide detector.

Detectors are available for a $5 donation for those who cannot afford to buy one. The detectors are being distributed at Aspen City Hall, at the North 40 Fire Station and at the Basalt Fire District on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We hope to avoid another CO poisoning tragedy in our community, and the price of a detector should not be a deterrent to anyone,” said Ed Van Walraven, fire marshal for the Aspen Fire Protection District. “Carbon monoxide detectors are still available. So if you can’t afford to buy a detector at retail prices, please take advantage of this program.”

Senior residents who cannot obtain a carbon monoxide detector or install it themselves are encouraged to contact the Pitkin County Senior Center at 920-5432.

The carbon monoxide detector giveaway is not intended for property managers, hotel owners or other businesses that are now required to install detectors in their units.

The law could be extended statewide this year: A bill similar to local ordinances is currently working its way through the Colorado Legislature, and passed the Senate on Feb. 20.

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