Posted by: phillipsre | November 19, 2012

Attention Landlords: Important News Regarding Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Based on previous legislation, the use of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors is required in all newly constructed apartments, condominiums, houses and hotels that have attached garages or a fuel-fired heat source (ex: gas furnaces, single family home garages, gas water heaters).  Effective April 1, 2012 this requirement extended to all new construction regardless of the fuel source and effective January 1, 2013 this requirement extends to ALL existing rental units.  The installation requirement can be pushed to an earlier date if a permit application is filed for alterations to an existing property.

Exceptions are owner-occupied single family homes or condominiums until the point of permitted work or at the time of sale. Institutions with sleeping rooms, such as dorms, boarding homes and residential treatment facilities require detectors only in the common areas if the sleeping rooms are isolated from fuel/heat/exhaust sources.

Far more people who have suffered from Carbon Monoxide poisoning in their homes suffered due to their own choice to improvise cooking and heating (most commonly with use of charcoal briquettes or barbeques indoors) or improper use of gas powered generators during power outages, versus due to leaks in fuel sources or from idling automobiles.   For this reason the law needed to cover a broader base for added life safety.  In the Seattle area’s 2006 windstorm, 250 people were treated for CO poisoning and 8 died due to improper use of CO emitting sources.

If you have questions on these laws or if you need assistance with your current rental property, please contact us, we would be happy to help!

 

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  1. […] It is also important to know that as of January 2013 Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors are required in all newly constructed apartments, condominiums, houses and hotels that have attached garages or a fuel-fired heat source (ex: gas furnaces, single family home garages, gas water heaters). For more on this, click here. […]


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