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U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is bolstering its push to mandate carbon monoxide detectors by providing grants to public housing agencies.
The Burlington Housing Authority’s share of the $5 million is $250,000. The money will pay for combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at the Willow Creek, Woodrail Acres, Maplebrook, Crump Village, Pate Homes and Earl Gerow Homes developments.
Private owners of HUD subsidized housing and public housing authorities received a notice urging the installation of carbon monoxide detectors even in areas of a structure where it is not required by law.
"Carbon monoxide detectors provide an effective tool to help ensure a healthy home for the individuals and families we serve," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. "These grants represent an important step toward fulfilling our mission of safe housing for all our residents."
Carbon monoxide can be deadly. The undetectable gas that comes from some appliances is not vented.