California SB 183, aka the “Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010” was passed and signed into law in 2010. It mandates changes to the California Transfer Disclosure Statement (TDS), which is required in almost all residential real estate transaction, but more importantly it requires the presence of carbon monoxide detectors in all “single family dwelling units intended for human habitation” and “…having a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace, or an attached garage beginning July 1,2001 and for all other dwelling units by January 1, 2013. Reading the legislation, my lay-person interpretation is that condos, TIC interests and stock co-op units are all covered under the July 1,2011 deadline… but you can read the full text of CA SB 183 here (pdf).
How many carbon monoxide detectors are you required to install? According to the legislation:
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…
It sounds to me like you’ll probably be installing as many carbon monoxide detectors as you do smoke detectors, so why not just purchase combo units (about $27/each at the time of writing) and be done with it?
And finally, as promised up in that headline here are the top 3 reasons to install carbon monoxide detectors:
Three: According to the American Medical Association, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that carbon monoxide kills approximately 500 people each year and injures another 20,000 people nationwide.
Two: There are well-documented chronic health effects of acute carbon monoxide poisoning or prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide, including, but not limited to, lethargy, headaches, concentration problems, amnesia, psychosis, Parkinson’s disease, memory impairment, and personality alterations.
and (as if you didn’t see this coming)
One: Because effective July 1, 2011 it is the law in California!