Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010
The California Building Officials (CALBO) has compiled the following information for its members on the new carbon monoxide (CO) devices mandates. Information on the installation
timeline, certified CO device list, important details of the legislation, and community outreach options for local Building Departments can be found on this page.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that carbon monoxide kills approximately 500 people each year and injures another 20,000 people nationwide.
In an effort to prevent these accidental deaths and injuries, the California legislature enacted SB 183 (Lowenthal) which mandates owners of dwelling intended for human occupancy to install carbon monoxide
devices in existing dwelling units having a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace, or attached garage.
CO devices must be installed in all single-family dwellings by July 1, 2011. All other dwelling units must have CO devices installed by January 1, 2013.
CALBO has created sample community outreach materials that your Building Department can use to inform local homeowners of the new law change.
Homeowner Information on CO Devices - Information about the new law can be included with city or county utility bills and distributed at local home improvement stores.
Press Release - Encouraging local new agencies and newspapers to include information about the big change will help keep your citizens informed.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal (SFM) has
developed a list of certified CO devices that meet the requirement specified
within the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010. For a complete list
of currently approved devices please visit the SFM’s website.
Under the search categories provided select Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Carbon
Monoxide Detectors for a complete list of devices.
Further details contained within the Carbon
Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010:
For a full list of this
legislation’s stipulations please review the Department of Housing and Community
Development’s Information Bulletin 2011-01 at
- Owners shall install CO devices in a manner
consistent with building standards applicable to new construction for the
relevant type of occupancy if it is technically feasible. See the 2010
California Building Code, Section 420.4, and the 2010 California Residential
Code, Section R315.
- CO devices shall produce a distinct audible alarm.
devices may be combined with a smoke detector, if the combination device meets
all specified SFM listing and approval requirements.
- Violation of Health &
Safety Code Section 17926 is an infraction punishable by a maximum fine of
two-hundred dollars for each offense.
- A local enforcement agency shall provide
the property owner a 30-day notice to correct.
- Local jurisdictions are
authorized to adopt ordinances requiring CO devices if the ordinance is
consistent with the requirement of this bill.
One of the main
questions for Building Departments throughout California is, “How do we inform
our community about the new CO device law?” CALBO has created a community
and a press release
that each Building Department can use to spread the word throughout their