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What is the Carbon Monoxide Detector Law?
Delaware Code, Title 16, Chapter 66C, Section 6602C requires the owner of any new and existing lodging establishment to install carbon monoxide detection devices in a dwelling unit or sleeping unit has either of the following:
For each lodging establishment newly erected, built, or constructed after January 1, 2019 the required carbon monoxide detection devices must be installed at the time of construction.
For each lodging establishment in the process of being erected, built, or constructed as of January 1, 2019 the required carbon monoxide detection devices must be installed by December 31, 2019 or the completion of construction.
For each existing lodging establishment erected, built, or constructed before January 1, 2019 the required carbon monoxide detection devices must be installed by December 31, 2020.
Who must install carbon monoxide detectors?
The owners of ALL new and existing “lodging establishments” meaning any building, group of buildings, structure, facility, place, or places of business where 1 or more dwelling units or sleeping units are provided and which is kept, used, maintained, advertised, or held out to the public to provide lodging accommodations for pay. This can be:
“Transient” means occupancy of a dwelling unit or sleeping unit for not more than 30 days.
The owner of the lodging establishment must install and maintain the required carbon monoxide detection devices required under this Chapter unless there is a tenant of a rented or leased lodging establishment required to have carbon monoxide detection devices under this Chapter and the rental agreement, lease agreement, or contract is for a period of one month or more. In such a case the owner must install the required carbon monoxide detection devices but the tenant is responsible to maintain an operable battery in any carbon monoxide detection devices within the individual rented or leased dwelling unit.
What is a carbon monoxide detection device?
For purposes of the “Carbon Monoxide Detector Law”, carbon monoxide detection device means a battery-operated or AC-powered device that detects the presence of the carbon monoxide gas in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. “Carbon monoxide detection devices” includes combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
How are carbon monoxide detectors to be installed?
Carbon monoxide detection devices required under this Chapter shall be installed in accordance with the rules and regulations of the State Fire Marshal’s Office including all of the following:
Requirements will be consistent with the standards and guidelines of all of the following:
Single station battery-operated carbon monoxide detection devices listed for the purposes for which they are intended are permitted if both of the following conditions exist:
When are carbon monoxide devices NOT required?
Carbon monoxide detection devices are NOT required in a dwelling unit or sleeping unit if any of the following apply:
If you have any other questions, contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office nearest you:
New Castle County (302) 323-5365
Kent County (302) 739-4394
Sussex County (302) 856-5298