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Friday, November 24, 2006

Illinois Carbon Monoxide Alarm Detector Act

Attention, citizens of Illinois. Effective January 1, 2007, the Illinois Carbon Monoxide Alarm Detector Act goes into effect. That means every dwelling, new or old, single family or multi-family, must be equipped with a carbon monoxide alarm detector within 15 feet of every sleeping room.

It is the responsibility of the owner of the property to see that the detectors are installed. If the dwelling is a rental unit, It is the responsibility of the tenants to see that the batteries are kept fresh.

Failure to install is a Class B misdemeanor. Fiddling with the batteries is a Class A misdemeanor. Subsequent tampering with the batteries is a Class 4 felony.

Source: Illinois Public Act 094-0741.

For further reading, check the US EPA: Protect Your Family and Yourself from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (1996).

Posted by Marie at November 24, 2006 4:29 PM

Comments

Did you happen to catch if a house is exempt if it has no gas related items. Our house is all electric so I don't see a need for C01 detectors because there is nothing (that I know of) that will produce it.

Posted by: Randy at November 25, 2006 8:27 AM

Doesn't this infringe on my Freedom to accidently kill my family? Nazis!

Posted by: Dave at November 25, 2006 12:13 PM

Randy, Yes I did see that part, and should have mentioned it. Thanks for pointing it out. So, you don't have a fireplace or an attached garage?

Hmm, I'm sure the government must be trying to figure out a way to get a A/V device into your home. Just kidding. That was a joke.

Dave, Hehe! (Assuming you're being your usual funny self, and haven't confused me with someone else.)

Posted by: Marie at November 25, 2006 12:26 PM

I don't have any natual gas appliances.

I don't have a fireplace or an attached garage, so that means I am ok??

I feel safer already! :)

Thanks for the info...

Posted by: Randy at November 26, 2006 7:57 AM