Carbon Monoxide Alarms in Santa Clarita
There are a great many changes in the codes and standards for Carbon monoxide alarms, even as a contractor it’s difficult to keep up. but what do you the home owner need to know about carbon monoxide alarms in the city of Santa Clarita? Well, we aim to clear up the great carbon monoxide debate and give it to you in plain english.
What is carbon Monoxide?
Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced from different types of heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, and many types of appliances and cooking devices. It can also be produced from vehicles that are idling.
Are carbon monoxide detectors required?
In accordance with SB 183 and the California Carbon Monoxide Prevention Act of 2010 the law states that CO detectors must be installed in every “dwelling unit intended for occupancy”
The term dwelling unit as defined means the following:
“Dwelling unit intended for human occupancy” means a single-family dwelling, factory-built home as defined in Section 19971, duplex, lodging house, dormitory, hotel, motel, condominium, stock cooperative, time-share project, or dwelling unit in a multiple-unit dwelling unit building or buildings. “Dwelling unit intended for human occupancy” does not mean a property owned or leased by the state, the Regents of the University of California, or a local governmental agency.
Questions and Answers according to SB 183 & NFPA 720
HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE Section 17926. (a) An owner of a dwelling unit intended for human occupancy shall install a carbon monoxide device, approved and listed by the State Fire Marshal pursuant to Section 13263, in each existing dwelling unit having a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace, or an attached garage, within the earliest applicable time period as follows: (1) For all existing single-family dwelling units intended for human occupancy on or before July 1, 2011. (2) For all existing hotel and motel dwelling units intended for human occupancy on or before January 1, 2017. (3) For all other existing dwelling units intended for human occupancy on or before January 1, 2013.
So to summarize, carbon monoxide detectors are required by law and should therefore be installed in accordance with this law.