Jan McNulty

Broker, CDPE, SFR, CRS

Carbon monoxide detectors & state law



Carbon Monoxide     Detectors in Your Home

It's the Law as of 2006, effective in Jan. 1, 2007, which requires the placement of Carbon Monoxide detectors in residences. This act mandates that a alarm within 15 feet of every room used for sleeping purposes!

Carbon monoxide aka CO is a colorless, odorless poisonous gas which can cause poisoning when inhaled. If your heating appliance is faulty, the proper amount of oxygen may not have been added. This poisoning can cause illness and even death.

The law exempts building that do not rely on combustion of fossil fuel for heat, ventilaation or hot water, and are not connected in any way to a garage and 3, are not sufficiently close to any ventilated sources of carbon monoxide. Building that have electric heat are exempt.

What kind of alarms required?

            1. 1. It must bear the label of a testing laboratory with the most recent standards of the Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
            2. 2. Can be battery powered or a plug in style with a battery back up, or wired into the AC power line with secondary battery back-up.
            3. 3. You can use a combination unit offering carbon monoxide alarm as well as a smoke detector.
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Visit these Web links for more information:

US Enviornmental Protection Agency

Illinois Dept. of Public Health