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Law requires most homes to have CO detectors

January 22, 2014

This display of CO detectors at Manor True Value Hardware in Bishop features a variety of alarms – battery-operated-only models, some that must be hard-wired directly into the electrical system and some plug-ins with battery back-ups. Photo by Marilyn Blake Philip

Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine brought it to the attention of the City Council at its Jan. 13 meeting that, with the exception of all-electric homes, all homes are required to have properly installed and maintained carbon monoxide detectors.
Mandated by state law as of January 2012, all single residential dwellings – single-family homes, basically – must have CO detectors. “Anyone who burns solid fuel, like propane, kerosene, pellets and wood, needs to have a CO detector on every level of their home,” Seguine explained. As of January 2013, state law requires that all multiple-family dwellings – homes in condos and apartment complexes, for example – have CO detectors, also. Two-story buildings must have a detector on each level.

Read the full story in the Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.

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