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Carbon Monoxide Requirements

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Are Now Required in all Condominiums in Mammoth Lakes, CA

“The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act” (Senate Bill – SB 183) was put into place on July 1, 2012 requiring all existing single-family residences that contain a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace, or that has an attached garage to place carbon monoxide detectors inside the residence. Beginning January 1st, 2013 this law will apply to all other dwelling, including condominiums, multifamily complexes, and any leased property. The only properties that are not required to have carbon monoxide detectors yet are motels and hotels which will be required in 2016.

A Fossil Fuel is coal, kerosene, oil, wood, fuel gases, and other petroleum or hydrocarbon products that emit carbon monoxide as a byproduct of combustion. This law has actually been in place since July 1st, 2011 for single family residences. The law states that at a carbon monoxide detector is required to be placed outside of any room that is used for sleep. According to CAL FIRE/Office of the State Fire Marshal if you have a smoke detector outside one of these rooms you may replace that smoke detector with a combination detector that is both for smoke and carbon monoxide. This will satisfy the requirement as they also state that carbon monoxide at room temperature will actually carry the same weight as the air around it mixing together so the carbon monoxide detector will still work. However, the local fire department in Mammoth Lakes recommends using separate detectors for the two since Carbon Monoxide is heavier than air and typically sinks to the floors of the dwelling while smoke rises to the highest point. In real estate this law will be enforced on the seller to make sure the residence is compliant with this regulation before the property is sold.

The carbon monoxide detector must be listed as an approved device by the states fire marshal. If you have been using a detector that is not approved by the states fire marshal then you are required to replace it with one that is approved on the list. Feel free to explore the following links for more information on this new law or if you would like to check to make sure the carbon monoxide detector you are using is on the approved list:

Frequently Asked Questions
Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips
Carbon Monoxide Facts
Find out if your Carbon Monoxide Detector is Approved

Thanks for reading, we hope you found this information to be helpful. For more information and updates on Mammoth Lakes Real Estate as well as important information about the city, surrounding area and the Easter Sierra region please visit our Mammoth Real Estate Blog.

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