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Carbon monoxide detection devices now required

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Carbon monoxide detection devices are required to be installed in existing single family homes. Senate Bill 183, the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Prevention Act of 2010, was approved by the Governor on May 7, 2010 and is now law. Effective July 1, 2011, State Fire Marshal approved and listed carbon monoxide detection devices shall be installed in existing single family dwelling units having a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage. All other dwelling units (apartments, lodging houses, dormitories, hotels, motels, condominiums, time shares, and cooperatives) must comply by Jan. 1, 2013. Fossil fuel includes coal, natural gas, propane, wood, kerosene and oil. The SFM will approve and list carbon monoxide devices http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/.

Carbon monoxide devices shall be installed on every level including basements and shall be centrally located outside of sleeping areas. In existing construction, alarms may be battery operated or may be of the plug in type with battery backup. A violation of this law is an infraction punishable by a maximum fine of $200.

Building codes now also require carbon monoxide devices in both new and existing dwelling units that have attached garages or fossil fuel burning appliances. In new construction, devices shall be hardwired and equipped with battery backup. They shall be interconnected so that when one sounds, they all do. In existing dwellings, when a permit is required for alterations, repairs or additions exceeding $1,000, carbon monoxide detection devices are required. For permits applied for and issued after Jan. 1, 2011, for furnace or water heater change out, kitchen or bathroom remodeling, or other alteration or addition permits, not only will the Building Department be checking for smoke alarms, but also, for carbon monoxide devices. These devices shall be listed as complying with UL 2034 or 2075. They shall be SFM approved and installed in accordance with the code, NFPA 720 and the manufacturerand#8217;s installation instructions.

On final inspection, building inspectors will be assuring that carbon monoxide devices are installed. If they are not installed, a reinspection fee may be charged.

Carbon monoxide devices may be combined with smoke alarms provided they are SFM approved, tested, listed, certified, and the combined device emits an alarm or voice warning that clearly differentiates between a carbon monoxide alarm warning and a smoke detector warning.

See California Health and Safety Code Sections 13261 and 17926 at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/index.html or contact Town of Truckee Chief Building Official Michael Lavallee at 530-582-2905 for more information.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com