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Important Notice on Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm Requirements

New State and local requirements for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms take effect starting January 1, 2011.

For Rental Properties –

Smoke Alarms

Effective Jan. 1, 2011, all smoke alarms more than 10 years old shall be replaced with photoelectric (if more than 20 feet from a kitchen room with a wood burning stove or fireplace, alarm shall be dual sensor (photo/ion)). This requirement applies to all rental housing, regardless of whether there is a change in tenancy. (Ref. Palo Alto Municipal Code, Section 15.04.275)

Effective Jan. 1, 2011, all rental dwelling units where construction work exceeds $1,000 dollars and a building permit is required shall be provided with smoke alarms on each floor and in each sleeping room or area. At final inspection, all smoke alarms in the dwelling unit shall be photoelectric (if more than 20 feet from a kitchen room with a wood burning stove or fireplace, alarm shall be dual sensor (photo/ion)). (Ref. Palo Alto Municipal Code, Section 15.04.275)

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Effective July 1, 2011, all one- and two-family rental properties with attached garages or fuel-burning appliances or fireplaces shall be provided with a carbon monoxide alarm. (Ref. Cal. Health & Safety Code, Sec. 17926(a))

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, all rental dwellings with attached garages or fuel-burning appliances or fireplaces shall be provided with a carbon monoxide alarm. (Ref. Cal. Health & Safety Code, Sec. 17926(a))

For Owner Occupied Residential Properties –

Smoke Alarms

Effective Jan. 1, 2011, all smoke alarms more than 10 years old shall be replaced with photoelectric (if more than 20 feet from a kitchen room with a wood burning stove or fireplace, alarm shall be dual sensor (photo/ion)). This requirement applies to all owner occupied housing only at transfer of title. (Ref. Palo Alto Municipal Code, Section 15.04.275)

Effective Jan. 1, 2011, all owner occupied dwelling units where construction work exceeds $1,000 dollars and a building permit is required shall be provided with smoke alarms on each floor and in each sleeping room or area. At final inspection, all smoke alarms in the dwelling unit shall be photoelectric (if more than 20 feet from a kitchen room with a wood burning stove or fireplace, alarm shall be dual sensor (photo/ion)). (Ref. Palo Alto Municipal Code, Section 15.04.275)

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Effective July 1, 2011, all one- and two-family properties with attached garages or fuel-burning appliances or fireplaces shall be provided with a carbon monoxide alarm at transfer of title. (Ref. Cal. Health & Safety Code, Sec. 17926(a))

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, all dwelling units with attached garages or fuel-burning appliances or fireplaces shall be provided with a carbon monoxide alarm at transfer of title. (Ref. Cal. Health & Safety Code, Sec. 17926(a))

More information:

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm FAQ -http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/strucfireengineer/pdf/bml/Frequently%20asked%20questions%20on%20Carbon%20Monoxide.pdf

List of California Approved CO devices - 

CalFire Press Release - http://www.fire.ca.gov/communications/downloads/newsreleases/2011/CarbonMonoxideDetectors.pdf

CalFire CO Fact Sheet - http://www.fire.ca.gov/communications/downloads/fact_sheets/CarbonMonoxide.pdf

Consumer Product Safety Commission Questions and Answers - http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/466.html

Palo Alto Smoke Alarm Requirements -http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=1660&TargetID=99

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Last Updated: November 30, 2010