Smoke & Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm Changes:
Effective July 1, 2014, all battery powered smoke alarms or combination (smoke & CO alarms) must contain a sealed 10-year battery. The CA State Fire Marshal recommends replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years, and testing those alarms twice a year to ensure proper operation. For best results, install smoke alarms in each bedroom and on each level of the home.
Also effective July 1st, 2011 all homes are required to install carbon monoxide alarms. Carbon monoxide is the #1 cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the U.S. It can be present near vehicles, generators, water heaters, loose or broken vent pipes, outdoor BBQ grills, portable heaters or gas or wood-burning fireplaces.
For more details on the new smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm legislation, please click the document link below, or visit the Office of the State Fire Marshal's website at www.osfm.fire.ca.gov. You can also learn more about the effects of Carbon Monoxide poisoning and how to keep your home safe from it at our Carbon Monoxide safety page.