When and Why Are Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required?

Everyone seems to have heard about carbon monoxide, but not many people seem to know much about it. This particular gas is created each time a fuel source is burned off. These sources of fuel can consist of many various things such as kerosene, oil, gas and even wood or charcoal.

The issue is that carbon monoxide can’t be seen or otherwise detected without the use of a monitoring device and in high levels; carbon monoxide can certainly cause death. And undoubtedly even lesser quantities may still cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which can cause significant health problems from lethargy and amnesia to psychosis and even Parkinson’s disease.

Taking that into consideration it is a little bit more obvious why it’s so essential to have carbon monoxide detectors set up in your house. So here’s a couple of things to know about the detectors themselves:

•   Carbon monoxide detectors are like smoke detectors in size, appearance and cost.

•   The detector can be a battery powered plug-in style with battery backup, or an installed and wired device connected to a system panel with battery backup.

•   Under law, the carbon monoxide detector must omit an audible alarm when elevated levels of carbon monoxide are detected.

•   In circumstances in which a combination of both a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector are in the same device, there must be a distinct difference in the audible alarm between the two.

What is Colorado Law regarding Carbon Monoxide Detectors?

What most people are asking when investigating this issue, though, is what the Colorado law is regarding carbon monoxide detectors. According to The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010, detectors are required to be placed in every dwelling unit that’ll be utilized for human occupancy. This means that homeowners with homes for tenancy or units to be leased for occupancy should have an approved device in houses that have a petrol burning appliance, heater, fireplace or an attached garage.

Up until July 1, 2011 this regulation implied all present single family houses must comply. However as of January 1, 2013 all other existing dwellings were required to comply. So as of present day, all dwellings for tenancy must have these units.

In order to comply with building standards, carbon monoxide detectors should be centrally located outside all of the resting areas in the home among immediate proximity of the bedrooms. Including each level of the house including basements. The actual alarm system, if separate, should be a minimum of six inches from external walls and three feet from supply or return vents.

It’s the duty of landlords to make sure devices in rentals are in working order at the time the tenant moves in. It then becomes the obligation of the renter to let the property manager know if any of the devices become inoperable.