CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS REQUIRED BY JANUARY 1, 2013 (Updated Post)

The Washington Building Code Council has finalized the Carbon Monoxide Alarm rules for Washington State. By January 1, 2013 all apartment units and all rental properties must have carbon monoxide alarms installed. Carbon Monoxide Alarm rules are set forth by RCW 19.27.530 & WAC 51-51-0315.

RCW 19.27.530, Section 2a states the following:

By January 1, 2011, all newly constructed buildings classified as residential occupancies will be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms.

By January 1, 2013, all other buildings classified as residential occupancies will be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms .

 WAC 51-51-0315 Section R315 states the following:

R315.1 Carbon Monoxide Alarms. For new construction, an approved carbon monoxide alarm shall be installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms in dwelling units and on each level of the dwelling and in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

R315.2 Existing Dwellings. Existing dwellings shall be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms when alterations, repairs or additions requiring a permit occur, or when one or more sleeping rooms are added or created.

R315.3 Alarm Requirements. Single station carbon monoxide alarms shall be listed as complying with UL 2034 and shall be installed in accordance with this code and the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

To view these laws in their entirety please click these links RCW 19.27.530 & WAC 51-51-0315.

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