Anything in the home that burns a fossil fuel can create carbon monoxide--a colorless, odorless gas that can be lethal. As a result, carbon monoxide detectors are now required in every dwelling unit where the home has a gas burning furnace, cook stove, water heater, fireplace, wood burning stove, or attached garage (auto exhaust).
. Single-family homes must install them by no later than July 1, 2011. Condominiums and townhomes must install them by no later than January 1, 2013. The requirements are found in Health & Safety Code §§17296, 17926.1, and 17926.2. For more information, see Senate Bill 183
: For most associations, the responsibility will fall on individual owners to install the devices. However, depending on how governing documents are written, that duty may fall on the association. To be safe, boards should have legal counsel review their documents and advise them on this issue.
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