Carbon Monoxcide Detectors to be Required in California Single Family Homes

Property Manager with HomePointe Property Management, CRMC 00691121

New law to require home carbon monoxide detectors. 

California homeowners will be required to install carbon monoxide detectors starting in July 2011 under a bill signed Friday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that is aimed at preventing deaths and injuries caused by poisoning from the odorless, colorless gas.

Up to 40 California residents die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to state Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), whose legislation was signed by the governor. “SB 183 will help put an end to the senseless deaths and injuries Californians suffer due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning every year,” said Kevin Nida, president of the California State Firefighters' Assn. The California Air Resources Board says an average of 30 to 40 "avoidable deaths" occur in California each year because of unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning.

Lowenthal said there also are hundreds of "avoidable" emergency room visits and hospitalizations in the state each year. The bill requires that alarm devices, which can cost less than $30, to be installed in existing single-family homes that have a fossil-fuel burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage, starting in mid-2011.

All other residential units will have to have the detectors in place by Jan. 1, 2013. In addition to the firefighters association, the legislation also was supported by the California Alarm Assn. and Home Depot.

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Robert A. Machado, CPM, MPM

HomePointe Property Management

Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, and Placer Counties

We manage residential and commercial property.

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Tim Lorenz
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How many millions live in CA?  We are forcing more obligations on the homeowners for the sake of 30 to 40 who have bad heaters.  The cost is unbelievable who has a relative that makes the device.

May 18, 2010 06:55 PM #1
Elite Home Sales Team
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I did not realize the new law was on the books.  Thanks for the warning.

May 18, 2010 07:15 PM #2
Robert Machado
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC - Sacramento, CA
CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management

The CA alarm assn and HomeDepot helped pay for this.  I wonder why? 

May 19, 2010 10:02 AM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I had no idea the incidence of carbon monoxide poisoning was so grate in California.  Although certain private interest groups may profit from this legislation, $30.00 isn't a large amount of money to spend while trying to save a life. . .Afterall, the life saved, may be your own, or that of a loved one!


May 26, 2010 02:19 PM #4
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