Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act

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As confused as everyone else about the new law that is going into effect about the installation of CO2 detectors on July 1st?

Here’s a brief rundown:

  1. Who is obligated to have one? All single family residences that have attached garages, appliance(s) with fossil-fuel sources. Non-single family homes (condos, dormitories, etc.) are not required until January 1, 2013.
  2. What are the different types of devices? According to the California State Fire Marshall there are three: Carbon monoxide alarms (CSFM category No. 5276), carbon monoxide detectors (CSFM category No. 5278) and combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors (CSFM category Nos. 7256 or 7257.)
  3. How many should I get? It is recommended that you have at least one for every floor in your home, as well as your basement and additional ones outside every bedroom.
  4. What will this cost and where do I get them? Prices range from under $20. to around $100., depending on the model you choose. You can find them at any hardware store. The big box warehouse types (Home Depot, Lowes, etc.) are more likely to have a wider assortment and range in price.
  5. What are ”approved devices?”  This link has the list of approved devices: 
  6. Where can I get more information?  This link will take you to “Frequently Asked Questions”:  20asked%20questions%20on%20Carbon%20Monoxide.pdf

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