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:
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- What are ”approved devices?” This link has the list of approved devices: http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/strucfireengineer/pdf/bml/CSFM%20listed%20carbon%20monoxide%20devices%20as%20of%20June%2014%202011.pdf
- Where can I get more information? This link will take you to “Frequently Asked Questions”: http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/strucfireengineer/pdf/bml/Frequently% 20asked%20questions%20on%20Carbon%20Monoxide.pdf