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New California Carbon Monoxide Laws

It’s the Law
Senate Bill 183 in California requires Carbon Monoxide Alarms for dwelling units intended for human occupancy with a fuel burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.


Effective Date
Effective date of this law is January 1, 2011 for new construction, July 1, 2011 for existing single family dwellings and January 1, 2013 for all other.


Dwellings Affected
“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 building.


Installation Requirements
The code states “With respect to the number and placement of carbon monoxide devices, the devices shall be installed in a manner consistent with building standards applicable to new construction for the relevant type of occupancy.” It is expected one alarm is required outside each sleeping room, on each story and in the basement.


Approved Alarms
Alarms are required to be approved by an nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL) such as UL or ETL to the ANSI/UL 2034 standard and be approved and listed by the California State Fire Marshal (CSFM). Alarms may be hardwired with battery backup, plug-in with battery backup or battery operated. Combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are also acceptable as long as they meet ANSI/UL 2034 and 217 standards.


Exemptions
Exemptions are included for buildings containing neither attached garage nor fossil fuel burning appliances.

 

Battery Operated

CO250B: 9V battery powered, electrochemical CO sensor, Silence, tamper resistant.

CO250LB: CO250B with 9V lithium battery.

CO400B: Two AA battery powered, electrochemical CO sensor, Silence.

CO410B: Two AA battery powered, digital
display, electrochemical CO sensor, Silence.

Hardwired with Battery Backup

CO5120BN: 120VAC, 9V battery backup, electrochemical CO sensor, Silence.

CO5120PDBN: Same as CO5120BN with digital display.

Plug-In with Battery Backup

CO604B: 120VAC plug-in with 9V battery backup, electrochemical CO sensor, Silence.

CO614B: Same as CO604B with digital display.

Combination Smoke/CO Alarms

SCO2B: 9V battery powered, Ionization smoke/electrochemical CO, Silence, tamper resistant.

SCO2LB: SCO2B with 9V lithium battery.

SC9120B: 120VAC, 9V battery backup,Ionization smoke/electrochemical CO, Silence, tamper resistant.

SCO5B: Two AA battery powered, Photoelectric smoke/electrochemical CO, Silence, tamper resistant.

SC7010B: 120VAC, AA battery backup, Photoelectric smoke/electrochemical CO, Silence, tamper resistant.






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