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Portland Lieutenant Visits AM Northwest to Discuss New Oregon Law Requiring CO Alarms



Click to watch Lieutenant Simmons urging all homeowners to take action as part of their

spring home improvement projects and install CO alarms in the home.

Portland Fire & Rescue Lieutenant and Assistant Public Information Officer Damon Simmons joined AM Northwest Hosts Helen Raptis and Dave Anderson this morning to discuss new Carbon Monoxide alarm rules that took effect April 1, 2011.

Back in 2009, Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 3450, also known as the Lofgren and Zander Memorial Act, requiring the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in specific residential applications with a carbon monoxide source. The rules began to take effect on July 1, 2010.  The purpose of the bill is to reduce deaths and poisonings from carbon monoxide.

Oregon law requires carbon monoxide alarms to be installed following specific House Bill 3450 implementation dates:

  • JULY 1, 2010 – For all new rental agreements, landlords must provide properly functioning carbon monoxide alarms for rental dwelling units with, or within a structure containing, a carbon monoxide source.
  • APRIL 1, 2011 – Landlords must provide properly functioning carbon monoxide alarms for all rental dwelling units with, or within a structure containing a carbon monoxide source.
  • APRIL 1, 2011 – Home sellers of one-and two family dwellings, manufactured dwellings, or multifamily housing units containing a carbon monoxide source must have one or more properly functioning carbon monoxide alarms before conveying fee title or transferring possession of a dwelling.
  • APRIL 1, 2011 – Oregon Building Codes Division (BCD) adopts rules such that carbon monoxide alarms are required for new residential structures submitted for plan review as of April 1, 2011. Also effective this date, carbon monoxide alarms are required in residential structures that undergo reconstruction, alteration or repair for which a building permit is required. Affected “residential structures” are those identified in section 310 of the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) as a residential Group R occupancy. Examples of these uses may be characterized as; hotels, motels, apartments, dormitories, fraternities, sororities, one- and two-family dwellings, townhouses and residential care/assisted living facilities. In addition, SR-3 and SR-4 occupancies as defined in OSSC Appendix SR are included as they are principally built to “residential” standards. The carbon monoxide alarm requirements for new construction, reconstruction, alteration and repair are applicable regardless of the presence of a carbon monoxide source.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 2,100 people die each year of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Fire agencies statewide, including Portland Fire & Rescue, are making every effort to educate Oregonians about the requirements of the bill and importance of installing carbon monoxide alarms. Learn more about the new Oregon Law and resources that can help with compliance here.



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