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Oregon's New Law on Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Important Dates to Note

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House Bill 3450 was passed by the 2009 Oregon Legislature which will require the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in specific residential applications with a carbon monoxide source.

The goal of the bill is to reduce deaths and poisonings from carbon monoxide.

The Office of State Fire Marshal is in the process of working with partners and stakeholders to develop rules for minimum standards for carbon monoxide alarms in one and two family dwellings and multifamily housing. Before the rules take effect, Oregonians will be educated about the requirements of the bill and installing carbon monoxide alarms.

 

NOTE THESE IMPORTANT DATES IN 2010 & 2011

 

 

JULY 1, 2010

When a landlord enters into a rental agreement creating a new tenancy in a dwelling unit that contains a carbon monoxide source or that is within a structure that contains a carbon monoxide source, the landlord must ensure the dwelling unit contains one or more properly functioning carbon monoxide alarms at the time the tenant takes possession of the dwelling unit. The landlord must provide a new tenant with alarm testing instructions. If the alarm is battery operated or has a battery backup system the landlord must supply working batteries for the alarm at the beginning of the new tenancy.

APRIL 1, 2011

All rental dwelling units that have a carbon monoxide source or are located within a structure having a carbon monoxide source are required to have a carbon monoxide alarm.

APRIL 1, 2011

When conveying fee title or transferring possession under a land sale contract of a one and two family dwelling or multifamily housing that contains a carbon monoxide source, the dwelling or housing must have one or more properly functioning carbon monoxide alarms installed in locations that provide carbon monoxide detection for all sleeping areas.

 

APRIL 1, 2011

Carbon monoxide alarms are required in new construction or a structure that undergoes reconstruction, alteration or repair for which a building permit is required, and is identified in the structural specialty code as a residential Group R structure.

 

Read the entire House Bill 3450 by clicking here. You are also encouraged to visit the official website of the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal – Carbon Monoxide Program at http://oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/CommEd_CO_Program.shtml.

December 31, 2009

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June 2, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Is there a 'fill-in-the-blanks' form for landlords to have tenants sign?? Similar to the 'fire alarm tampering' forms available.
Thanks!

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