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|By Apple Home Inspections (949) 837-7755 David Jones
Clients Ask - Carbon Monoxide Alarms
1. How Many
2. Where Do I Put Them
Basically Senate Bill No. 183 (SB-183) requires them in
single family residences, duplex's and condos as of July
1,2011. The rules are complex and vary based on the
manufacturer. Following are some basic guidelines,
however, I recommend obtaining additional information from
the State Fire Marshals Office and the local Department of
Building and Safety.
1. One on each level of the home, including basement
2. In the bed room hallway
Generally within 15 feet of the bedroom door. If a long hallway, then may need two
Should there be one in each bedroom?
The State Fire Marshals Office recommend and the CDC recommends one in every
bedroom, but not manitory. (note that the manufacture may recommend one in every
If the home is all electric, are CO Alarms required?
If there are no gas heaters, gas or wood burning fireplaces, gas furnaces, gas or wood
burning appliances and cooking devices (or fossial fuel burning devices), then
generally Carbon Monoxide Alarms are not required. Except if there is an attached
garage (then CO Alarms are required in the home).
Are there places that you don't put CO Alarms ?
Garages - generally they are not placed in garages.
Not within 3 feet of ceiling fans
Not within 3 feet of furnace of A/C supply grills or returns.
Not within 5 feet of stoves, fireplaces or cooking devices.
Not in bathrooms.
Not within 6 inches of ceiling and wall corners.
Not within 5 feet of diaper pails.
Caution - if over $1,000 of remodeling
If a home has had over $1,000 in remodeling since July 1, 2011, then the CO Alarms
must be hardwired. Not battery operated.
o Shortness of breath
High level CO poisoning results in
progressively more severe symptoms,
o Mental confusion
o Loss of muscular coordination
o Loss of consciousness
o Ultimately death
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The information on this website is believed to be accurate, is for informational
purposes only, and is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice. All
information, ideas and suggestions should be verified to be correct and reviewed
with an attorney and an appropriately qualified broker, as well as an appropriately
qualified professional, who has knowledge of the subject matter.
Symptom severity is related to both the CO level and the duration of exposure. For slowly developing residential CO
problems, occupants and/or physicians can mistake mild to moderate CO poisoning symptoms for the flu, which sometimes
results in tragic deaths. For rapidly developing, high level CO exposures (e.g., associated with use of generators in
residential spaces), victims can rapidly become mentally confused, and can lose muscle control without having first
experienced milder symptoms; they will likely die if not rescued.
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Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses,
people may not know that they are being exposed. The initial symptoms of low to
moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu (but without the fever). They include:
What are the symptoms of CO poisoning?