Mandatory carbon monoxide detectors

carbon monoxide detector

Watch your calendars. Earlier today I was reminded of SB 183, a 2010 Bill that came in under the radar. Senate Bill (SB183) mandates that existing single family homes must contain carbon monoxide detectors effective this Friday, July 1, 2011. As stated below a fine of up to $200 may be imposed for non compliance.

I just called Home Depot and was quoted Walter Kidde battery and AC plug-in units at $40 each.
The salesperson mentioned Code 1 offering a smaller unit at $17.78. Obviously you should make sure that whichever product you decide to purchase that it is certified by the Fire Authority.

Note: SB 183 was approved by the Governor and filed with the Secretary of State on May 7, 2010.

Following text is from the Bill:

SEC. 4. Section 17926 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to
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 other existing dwelling units intended for human
occupancy on or before January 1, 2013.
(b) With respect to the number and placement of carbon monoxide
devices, an owner shall install the devices in a manner consistent
with building standards applicable to new construction for the
relevant type of occupancy or with the manufacturer’s instructions,
if it is technically feasible to do so.
(c) (1) Notwithstanding Section 17995, and except as provided in
paragraph (2), a violation of this section is an infraction
punishable by a maximum fine of two hundred dollars ($200) for each
(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), a property owner shall receive
a 30-day notice to correct. If an owner receiving notice fails to
correct within that time period, the owner may be assessed the fine
pursuant to paragraph (2).
(d) No transfer of title shall be invalidated on the basis of a
failure to comply with this section, and the exclusive remedy for the
failure to comply with this section is an award of actual damages
not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100), exclusive of any court
costs and attorney’s fees. This subdivision is not intended to affect
any duties, rights, or remedies otherwise available at law.
(e) A local ordinance requiring carbon monoxide devices may be
enacted or amended if the ordinance is consistent with this chapter.

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