Mandatory Carbon Monoxide Detectors for Residences



I would like to inform you of a new law for residences in Illinois.  Starting in 2007, there is a new law that was passed for Carbon Monoxide Detectors.  The following is an excerpt taken directly from the new act :


Public Act 94-741 (HB 5284) mandates that every dwelling unit in Illinois be equipped with at least one approved carbon monoxide alarm in an operating condition within 15 feet of every room used for sleeping purposes. A dwelling unit would include a single-family residence as well as each living unit of a multiple-family residence and each living unit in a mixed-use building.


Patterned after the law requiring smoke detectors, the law allows the three different types of alarm to be used to meet the requirement. The alarm can be battery-powered, a plug-in style (with battery back-up) or it can be wired into the AC power line with secondary battery back-up. A consumer can choose to use the combination smoke detector/carbon monoxide alarm. All alarms must comply with all requirements adopted by the State Fire Marshal's office, must bear the label of a nationally recognized testing laboratory and must comply with the most recent standards of the Underwriters Laboratories (look on the packaging for the UL symbol).


The legislation specifies that it is the responsibility of the owner of a structure to supply and install all required alarms. So, while the owner of a multi-dwelling unit must supply and install all required alarms, the tenant is given the responsibility to test and to provide general maintenance within their unit, including the responsibility to replace any required batteries, and to notify the owner or the authorized agent in writing of any deficiencies that the tenant cannot correct.  The owner is further required to give one tenant per dwelling unit written information regarding alarm testing and maintenance and must ensure that the batteries are in operating condition at the time the tenant takes possession of a dwelling unit.  Willful failure to install or maintain in operating condition any carbon monoxide alarm required by this Act is a Class B misdemeanor. Tampering with, removing, destroying disconnecting or removing the batteries from an installed alarm (except when inspecting, maintaining or replacing) is a Class A misdemeanor for the first conviction and a Class 4 felony in the case of a second or subsequent conviction.


The new law does exempt certain residential units from the requirement. Those residential units in a building that (i) does not rely on combustion of fossil fuel for heat, ventilation or hot water ; (ii) is not connected in any way to a garage; and (iii) is not sufficiently close to any ventilated source of carbon monoxide as determined by the local building commissioner to receive carbon monoxide from that source OR a residential unit that is not sufficiently close to any source of carbon monoxide so as to be at risk of receiving carbon monoxide from that source, as determined by the local building commissioner shall NOT require carbon monoxide detectors.


I hope that you will diligently regard this notice for the safety and well being of you and your family.  If you do not currently own a Carbon Monoxide Detector, please get one installed as soon as possible.  Just another way to show that I am always there for you. 


Very Truly Yours,


David Lobraco