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:
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.