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Do I need Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors?

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As a landlord in the state of California, it is your responsibility to make sure that you are strictly adhering to current health and safety codes. One of the many important requirements that you must meet are those regarding the installation and upkeep of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. 

Both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are plug-in devices, either battery supplied or wired to alternate current, that emit a highly distinctive sound when they have detected the presence of either smoke or carbon monoxide fumes, respectively.  A carbon monoxide detector is not the same as a smoke detector, however, if a combination detector is being installed, it should be capable of identifying both hazards with different sounds.

According to the California Health and Safety Code § 13113.8, smoke detectors must be installed in each residence in very specific ways. Properties built before 1992 are required to have battery-operated detectors in place. Structures built after 1992 must have hardwired smoke detectors with a battery backup. All equipment must be approved by the California State Fire Marshal. The California State Building Code currently requires that smoke alarms be located in: 1) the hallway outside of bedrooms, 2) in each bedroom, and 3) on every floor regardless of whether there is a bedroom on that floor. New construction or remodels must have detectors that are hard-wired with battery back-up, interconnecting all detectors so that when one alarm sounds, they all do.

California's Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 dictates that, starting on July 1, 2011, all residential property, from one to four units, must be equipped with approved carbon monoxide detector equipment. Carbon monoxide alarms are not intended for fire and smoke detection, but again, combination devices may be suitable in some cases. 

The laws at hand are strategically drafted to protect the residents of California from unnecessary harm. And following these laws can ensure that you, as a property owner, are taking necessary steps to protect both your tenants and your property. Not adhering strictly to these important laws can have catastrophic consequences.

At Palomar Property Services, we are experts on these laws and codes.  We can help you navigate important steps in managing your rental property and legal compliance, including regularly conducting our 120-point property inspection, to ensure your property meets all current codes and is in good, safe condition. Click here to learn more about our property inspection process.   Call us today to find out more about the many ways in which we can protect you and your property investment.

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