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“Quick Reference Notes for C.O. Alarms”

Nebraska Legislation Bill 34 -Carbon Monoxide Safety Act Effective January 1, 2017                      

Why do I need an alarm? Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced any time you burn fuel in cars, trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, gas water heaters or furnaces. Carbon Monoxide can build up indoors and poison (make very sick) or kill people and animals who breathe it.

Who is required to install a carbon monoxide detector?

  • New construction - owner
  • Single-family residential real estate transfer - seller
  • Single-family remodel - owner
  • Multifamily real estate transfer - seller
  • Multifamily remodel - owner
  • Rental remodel - landlord/owner
  • Change of rental tenant-landlord/owner
  • Prior to “new rental” tenant-landlord/owner

*Existing rentals are not required to install C.O. alarms according to LB 34 unless the rental unit is remodeled, there is a tenant change or an addition to the unit is built.

Where are you required to install a C.O. alarm?

  • According to the manufacture instructions a minimum of one detector per habitable floor of a dwelling unit that has fuel-fired heater or appliance, a fireplace or attached garage. (DO NOT install detectors in closet or drawers)

What type of alarms are to be installed? (UL listed equipment only)

  • Existing construction – battery operated is permitted
  • New construction – hardwired with battery backup is required

* For more information on Carbon monoxide safety in the home visit http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/cosafety.pdf?la=en

*This information is intended for a quick reference to LB 34 Carbon Monoxide Safety Act http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/Slip/LB34.pdf

* All details can be found in LB 34 or contact the Assistant Fire Marshal Daryl Giles for further assistance at 402-444-5799 or daryl.giles@cityofomaha.org

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