Amanda's Law


Amanda’s Law was named in honor of Buffalo, NY resident Amanda Hansen, a teenage girl who lost her life to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from a defective boiler when sleeping over at a friend’s house in January 2009. 


Effective February 22, 2010, a new law went into effect in New York to help protect families from the #1 cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the US, carbon monoxide (CO).


The new law requires the following:


  • CO Alarms must be installed in ALL NEW AND EXISTING one and two-family dwellings, multifamily dwellings and rentals having any fuel-burning appliance, system or attached garage.


  • The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends CO Alarms be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.


  • To comply with the law, CO alarms must be listed to comply with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) 2034 or CSA (Canadian Standards Association) 6.19 and installed in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.


  • CO Alarms should be replaced every five (5) years in order to benefit from the latest technology and upgrades.  Also the Carbon Monoxide sensors inside the alarm unit can wear out over time.

How many CO Alarms should I have in my home to best protect my family?
 # of Levels X # of bedrooms = (# of Alarms you should have)

Example:  A two story home with a basement and three bedrooms should have six (6) CO Alarms.


For more information on Amanda's Law or other safety issues that may effect your family,  
please contact Safer Families at or 716-523-4210



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