Are you breaking the law in Washington State- CO alarm requirements?

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Home Inspector with NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Are you breaking the law in Washington State-  CO alarm requirements?

You may be and do not even it know it.

January 1, 2011, state law required CO alarms to be installed in all new single family homes and residences, including apartments, condominiums, hotels, and motels.

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The state law requires CO alarms be installed in existing apartments, condominiums, hotels, motels and single- family residences by January 1, 2013.

Owner-occupied single-family residences, legally occupied before July 26, 2009, are not required to have CO alarms until they are sold. The seller is required to equip the residence with CO alarms before any other person legally occupies the home. Substitute Senate Bill 6472 added CO alarms to the Purchase/Sale disclosure form in 2012.

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If your home does not currently have carbon monoxide detectors you will be required to install detectors when any major alteration, repair or addition occurs. This includes HVAC and plumbing work.

Local code officials will check for compliance with the CO alarm installation requirements when a permit is required for new construction and most alterations, repairs or additions.

CO alarm installation requirements

  1. Alarms must be located outside of each separate sleeping area, in the immediate vicinity of the bedroom and on each level of the residence.
  2. Single station carbon monoxide alarms must be listed as complying with UL 2034, and installed in accordance with the code and the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Combined CO and smoke alarms are permitted.


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NCW Home Inspections, LLC  is a Licensed Washington State Home Inspection service located in Wenatchee Washington serving Chelan County, Douglas County, Kittitas County, Okanogan County and Grant County Washington and the cities of Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Cashmere, Oroville, Cle Elum, East Wenatchee, Quincy and many more…  

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Donald Hester
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Steve, That would be nice. I have a personal connection to the CO issues. I had a family member get CO poisoned.

Also there was a gentlemen in my area not too long ago that accidentantly killed himself and then his family from CO poisoning from auto exhaust.

February 01, 2013 01:10 PM
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Charles Buell
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The main reason smoke and combination smoke/CO detectors are disabled is due to nuisance tripping and part of the reason why ASHI now recommends Photo eletric type only for smokes and no combination alarms if they are ION/CO.

February 01, 2013 01:49 PM
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Joan Whitebook
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It is important that families are protected. The CO and fire alarms are well worth the small cost.

February 01, 2013 06:55 PM
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Jay Markanich
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Oh no!  You mean my newly-painted Redskin colored CO and smoke detectors are no good anymore?  Say it ain't so!

 

 

:>)

Ok, I didn't really paint them...  But I HAVE seen painted ones during inspections!

February 02, 2013 02:45 AM
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Donald Hester
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Charlie, I am with you on that one.

Jaon, So true.

Jay, Hey I have a new product line for Billy jays, Detector Skins, Show your love for your team and dress up your detector!!!

February 02, 2013 06:32 AM
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