Do you have smoke detectors in your household?
Smoke detectors are a necessity for any household. They are one of the most overlooked tools in keeping your family safe. They have been proven to reduce your risk of being injured by half! Your detectors need to be checked regularly and replaced every eight to ten years.
Smoke Detectors are available at Fire District #19.
If you live within the fire district we will gladly install a smoke detector for you if you do not have one. We can also test them for you if you are unable to. Just send an E-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your request, address and phone number and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
House fires- 365,000
Injuries from house fires- 13,910
Injuries from house fires- 12,875
Deaths from house fires- 2,520
Deaths from house fires- 2,380
Statistics provided by NFPA
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Many fatal fires begin late at night or in the early morning. For extra safety, install smoke alarms both inside and outside sleeping areas. Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Courtesy of FEMA
CO Alarms required by January 1, 2013
The statutory deadline for installation of CO Alarms in residential settings is fast approaching. Please read the State Building Code Council’s CO Alarm Fact Sheet for more information on the legislative and rulemaking history. To review the current rules please click here. The 2012 model codes included new language for CO alarms, which was reviewed by our CO TAG. Please click here to review the language under consideration by the Council.
Understanding the Washington State Carbon Monoxide Alarm Laws RCW 19.27.530 (2009) and Chapter 132 Laws of 2012 (SSB 6472)
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas that cannot be seen or smelled and can kill a person in minutes. Carbon monoxide can quickly build up to unsafe levels in enclosed or semi-enclosed areas. Carbon monoxide killed over 1,000 Washington residents between 1990 and 2005. In the aftermath of the December 2006 windstorm, over 300 people were treated at hospital emergency rooms for CO poisoning and eight people died. Generators in garages, or near air intakes, and use of charcoal or gas grills indoors, are common causes of CO poisoning during power outages. Fuel burning appliances, attached garages, and fireplaces are also sources of CO.
Beginning January 1, 2011, state law required CO alarms to be installed in all new single family homes and residences, including apartments, condominiums, hotels, and motels.
State law requires CO alarms be installed in existing apartments, condominiums, hotels, motels and single-family residences by January 1, 2013.
Owner-occupied single-family residences, legally occupied before July 26, 2009, are not required to have CO alarms until they are sold. The seller is required to equip the residence with CO alarms before any other person legally occupies the home. Substitute Senate Bill 6472 added CO alarms to the Purchase/Sale disclosure form in 2012.
SSB 5561, implemented as RCW 19.27.530, charged the State Building Code Council with adoption of administrative rules (WAC 51-50-0908) to implement the carbon monoxide alarm law and consider exemptions for some building classifications. Sleeping units or dwelling units in new or existing motels, hotels, college dormitories, and DSHS licensed boarding home and residential treatment facilities, which do not themselves contain a fuel-burning appliance, or a fuel-burning fireplace, or have an attached garage, but are located in a building with a fuel-burning appliance, or a fuel-burning fireplace, or an attached garage, need not be provided with CO alarms provided that:
The sleeping unit or dwelling unit is not adjacent to any room that contains a fuel-burning appliance, a fuel-burning fireplace, or an attached garage; and
The sleeping unit or dwelling unit is not connected by duct work or ventilation shafts with a supply or return register in the same room to any room containing a fuel-burning appliance, a fuel-burning fireplace, or to an attached garage; and
The building has a common area CO alarm system.
Local code officials will check for compliance with the CO alarm installation requirements when a permit is required for new construction and most alterations, repairs or additions.
CO alarm installation requirements
1. Alarms must be located outside of each separate sleeping area, in the immediate vicinity of the bedroom and on each level of the residence.
2. Single station carbon monoxide alarms must be listed as complying with UL 2034, and installed in accordance with the code and the manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Combined CO and smoke alarms are permitted.
For more information
State Building Code Council staff can be reached at 360-407-9279