Carbon monoxide detectors plan OK'd

Many N.C. landlords would have to equip their rental properties with carbon monoxide detectors under a plan headed to Gov. Mike Easley's desk.

The Senate on Thursday approved a plan to require carbon monoxide detectors in all rental properties that have gas-burning heaters, appliances, fireplaces and attached garages. The vote sends the plan to Easley for consideration.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gaseous fuel byproduct that can poison and kill people who are exposed to it.

The proposal also directs the state Building Code Council to study the need for detectors to be placed in all residences.

The House signed off on the plan Wednesday.