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Linda Carlson,  in Portland, OR

What is the new Oregon law regarding having both a smoke detector, and a carbon monoxide detector.?

Asked by Linda Carlson, Portland, OR Wed Mar 10, 2010

Do you have to provide a device that is both a smoke and carbon monoxide detector?

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Hi Linda
Here's the link (below) to the Oregon State website with the State Law as well as Q & A for quick overview. Hope that helps!
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Carbon monoxide laws in Oregon. ï‚· Oregon law requires carbon monoxide alarms to be installed following specific House Bill
3450 implementation dates:

-JULY 1, 2010 – Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Administrative Rules effective date
-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 – 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.(for new
construction and reconstruction go to Oregon Buildings Codes
http://www.cbs.state.or.us/bcd/committees/11orsc.html)
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"I can't imagine that the law would require that the carbon monoxide detector and the smoke detector be contained in the same unit, but you never know what kind of crazy laws our state & local governments will pass:
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they aren't crazy laws at all Craig................quite frankly, I am surprised your state hasn't require the CO detectors until now...........they have nothing to do with smoke detectors..........both measure totally different things......any house with a furnace with the potentially dangerous condition of a back up of carbon monoxide should have a co detector in place. That $25 cost can save a lot of lives.
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Your carbon monoxide law is new, but in NJ it has been law for a number of years.

Lana, yes, they do make combination carbon monxide/smoke detector units.

Usually the carbon monoxide detectors are placed closer to the floor, as when they are plugged in, whereas the smoke detectors are usually placed on the ceiling. The combination units ,I believe are placed higher up on the wall.

The Carbon Mon. units are supposed to be placed near bedrooms - no more than 10 feet away from any bedroom. Many people think they are supposed to be placed near the furnace, but that isn't true. Some of the detectors are simplly plugged in an outlet, but there are battery operated ones, too.
They should be replaced every 5 years.

As an aside, in NJ, we also must have fire extinguishers attached to a wall in the kitchen, clearly visible.
All 3 inspections must be done and certified prior to closing...same rules for tenants.
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Yes and it will be safe and fairly simple to comply with.
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The new laws for Oregon in 2010 will require Carbon Monoxide (CO) monitors for any device that is used that copuld potentially produce CO fumes. A good detector costs about 25-40 dollars and is worth it. Think of the protection your tenants will get from that. Also their are new CO monitor disclosures that should be usedwith every property even if there is no CO source. Learn the law, protectg yourself and others. It really is no different that smoke alarm regs. tenants must not tamper with them and they should all be in working order.
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You need to provide both devices but as far as I know none of them are all inclusive. I could be wrong. From the systems I have seen there are 2 different ones.
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Here's an excerpt of info from the state fire marhsal about that law:

"...Prohibits landlord from renting a dwelling unit that has carbon monoxide source or located within a structure that has carbon monoxide source, unless the dwelling unit is equipped with a carbon monoxide detector. Imposes duty on landlord to repair and maintain detector. Prohibits removing or tampering with detector...."

I can't imagine that the law would require that the carbon monoxide detector and the smoke detector be contained in the same unit, but you never know what kind of crazy laws our state & local governments will pass, so I would recommend calling the state fire marshal's office at: 503-378-3473.
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