To be used as a reference to answer questions regarding Public Act 094-0741, Carbon Monoxide Alarm Detector Act, signed into law on May 8, 2006.
Compliance Date: January 1, 2007
- Every dwelling unit shall be equipped with at least one approved carbon monoxide alarm in an operating condition within 15 feet of every room used for sleeping purposes.
- Every structure that contains more than one dwelling unit shall contain at least one CO alarm within 15 feet of each sleeping area.
- Exemptions – a residential unit in a building that:
- Does not rely on combustion of fossil fuel for heat, ventilation or hot water
- Is not connected in any way to a garage
- Is not sufficiently close to any ventilated source of carbon monoxide, as determined by the local building commissioner.
- Failure to install or maintain is a Class B misdemeanor
- The carbon monoxide alarms required under this Act may be:
- Battery powered
- Plug-in with battery back-up
- Wired into the structure AC power line with battery back-up
- The CO alarm can be combined with smoke detecting devices, provided each unit has a distinct alarm that differentiates the hazard.
- The owner of the property must supply and install all required alarms.
- Tampering with, removing, destroying, disconnecting, or removing the batteries from any installed CO alarm is a Class A misdemeanor in the case of the first conviction and a Class 4 felony in the case of a second subsequent conviction.
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