Does Your Apartment Have a Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector?
Beginning in 2013, all apartments must have installed carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in every unit to satisfy the new State Legislation. This is not a new law, but the deadline is set for January 1, 2013. Is your property compliant with Senate Bill 183, enacted in 2010?
We have heard about these carbon monoxide detectors being required by the July 1, 2011 deadline for homes in California. This bill required homes with an attached garage, fossil fuel burning appliance and fireplaces to have installed detectors to satisfy the legislation in California. In that bill, the deadline for apartments was set for the first day of 2013.
Studies have shown that by installing detectors lives can be saved by alerting residents whenever high levels of carbon monoxide are present in a home.
What is Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. It is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas. Products and equipment powered by internal combustion engines such as portable generators, cars, lawn mowers, and power washers also produce CO.
The installed carbon monoxide detectors need to be approved and listed by the State Fire Marshall. Be sure to check the packaging for SB 183 approval, or go to the web site for a complete list.
There have been many questions regarding the Senate Bill 183, the Office of the State Fire Marshall has produced a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) file that is very helpful in understanding the requirements.
So if you have not yet completed installing carbon Monoxide Detectors in your apartment community, you better get going. The deadline is January 1, 2013 for apartment communities and all others.