Carbon Monoxide Alarms

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 New Carbon Monoxide Law for Single and Multifamily Buildings

 

The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 was created to avoid accidental poisoning deaths in homes. The law requires Carbon Monoxide devices to be installed in dwelling units that have a fossil fuel burning appliance, such as a heater, water heater, furnace or fireplace, or an attached garage. Implementation of the law is being carried out in two ways:

  • As a condition of a Building Permit when the alterations, additions or repairs have a total cost or calculated value exceeding $1,000.
  • Required to be installed in all existing single-family dwellings with a gas appliance or attached garage by July 1, 2011. Required to be installed in all other dwelling units with a gas appliance or attached garage by January 1, 2013.

Where should the Carbon Monoxide devices be installed?

  • Outside of each separate dwelling unit sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedroom.
  • On every level of a dwelling unit including basements.
  • For hotels, motels, and boarding houses only, in a sleeping unit that has a fuel-burning appliance.

How should the Carbon Monoxide devices be installed?

  • For construction projects where ceilings or walls are being built or opened up, the devices shall be hard-wired and interconnected. This rule applies even if the dwelling already has battery operated devices
  • For construction projects where the work is being performed to the exterior of the dwelling, the devices may be solely battery operated. This includes roofing, siding, window replacement, addition of a porch or deck, or mechanical and plumbing work.
  • For existing dwellings, the devices may be solely battery operated.

Links to Outside Agencies

The California Association of Building Officials (CALBO) provides a brochure on Carbon Monoxide devices.

Office of the State Fire Marshal

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