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Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Now Required In Residential Structures

        Effective March 23, 2009, all single-family and multi-family dwellings must have required carbon monoxide detectors installed at the time of construction, addition of a bedroom or other renovation.   The location of these detectors and other specifics are outlined in section 125.1504f of Michigan Compiled Laws.  This is a modification to Michigan's Uniform Construction Code (Act 230 of 1972).  Here is the  new legislation:

Act 230 of 1972

125.1504f Single-family or multifamily dwelling; installation of operational and approved carbon monoxide device; requirements; failure to comply; penalty; liability; definitions; name of section.

Sec. 4f.

(1) The director may provide for, at the time of initial construction of a single-family dwelling or a multifamily dwelling, or at the time of renovation of any existing single-family dwelling in which a permit is required, or upon the addition or creation of a bedroom, the installation of at least 1 operational and approved carbon monoxide device within the single-family dwelling or within each unit of the multifamily dwelling. A carbon monoxide device shall be located in the vicinity of the bedrooms, which may include 1 device capable of detecting carbon monoxide near all adjacent bedrooms; in areas within the dwelling adjacent to an attached garage; and in areas adjacent to any fuel-burning appliances.

(2) The carbon monoxide device described in subsection (1) may be battery-powered, plug-in with or without battery backup, wired into the dwelling's AC power line with secondary battery backup, or connected to a system by means of a control panel. If the international residential code is adopted by the director as part of a code adopted after the effective date of the amendatory act that added this section, those requirements apply and shall be followed upon the effective date of the code.

(3) An enforcing agency shall not impose a penalty for the failure of a person to comply with subsection (1) until the effective date of the code that may be adopted after the effective date of the amendatory act that added this section that incorporates that requirement.

(4) A person licensed under article 24 of the occupational code, 1980 PA 299, MCL 339.2401 to 339.2412, who is in compliance with this section or rules promulgated under the code and installs, in accordance with manufacturer's published instructions at the time of installation, a carbon monoxide device shall have no liability, directly or indirectly, to any person with respect to the operation, maintenance, or effectiveness of the carbon monoxide device.

(5) As used in this section:

(a) "Approved" means a carbon monoxide device that is listed as complying with either ANSI/UL 2034 or ANSI/UL 2075 and that is installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

(b) "Carbon monoxide device" means a device that detects carbon monoxide and alerts occupants via a distinct and audible signal that is either self-contained in the unit or activated via a system connection.

(c) "Operational" means working and in service.

(6) This section shall be known and may be cited as the "Overbeck law".

History: Add. 2008, Act 377, Eff. Mar. 23, 2009
Popular Name: Act 230
Popular Name: Uniform Construction Code

2009 Legislative Council, State of Michigan

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