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Carbon Monoxide Detectors - New Requirements

July 18, 2011

Effective January 1, 2013 all existing multi-family dwellings with an attached garage or fossil fuel burning source such as a fireplace, heater, or appliance must have approved carbon monoxide devices installed. 

The requirement was effective July 1, 2011 for all existing single family dwellings with an attached garage or fossil fuel burning source such as a fireplace, heater, or appliance.

Placement requirements:

  • Devices must be installed outside each sleeping area in the home in the immediate vicinity of the sleeping area.  It is recommended that a device be placed in each sleeping room for maximum protection.
  • At least one device is required on each level of the building, including basements, whether or not there is a sleeping area on the level.
  • For hotels and motels, a device must be placed on the ceiling of sleeping units with permently installed fuel-buring appliances, such as heaters or stoves and ovens.
Contact the Fire Prevention Bureau for more information at 925-454-2361.