Carbon monoxide alarm requirements to go
into effect February 22, 2010
As the result of recent legislation, Amanda's Law will go into effect on February 22, 2010. It requires essentially
all residences, both new and existing, to have carbon monoxide alarms installed. The specific requirements differ for
new and existing residences and also on when the buildings were built and subcategories of occupancy groups.
Probably the most asked question will be the requirement for existing one and two family residences. At a minimum,
if there is a CO source in the home, then they will be required to have one carbon monoxide alarm installed on the
lowest story having a sleeping area.
OPFC has established a “virtual toolbox” on its website, designed to provide fire department with information and
materials so that they may join in on the campaign to raise public awareness of this important safety related law.
The proposal to modify the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, in order to comply with Amanda's Law, is in
the process of being adopted as an emergency rule. The following link provides the proposed code text and a copy of
the original Amanda's Law legislation.