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Carbon Monoxide Detectors - Change in Building Code

TO: ALL NEWS ORGANIZATIONS
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Glenn Burns @ 270.393.3672
DATE: May 23, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS -
CHANGE IN BUILDING CODE

Bowling Green, KY — Beginning June 1, 2011, an approved carbon monoxide detector is required to be installed in the immediate vicinity of bedrooms for all new construction projects involving dwelling units (homes, apartments, etc.) and sleeping units (hotels, motels, etc.) regulated by the building or residential code offices of Bowling Green and Warren County.

This change is required if there are fuel-fired appliances within the dwelling or sleeping unit or if the structure has an attached garage. If the structure is an all electric structure and has no attached garage, then there is no requirement for a carbon monoxide detector.

When dealing with renovations or alterations to an existing structure that has dwelling or sleeping units and is equipped with fuel-fired appliances and the work requires a permit, the permitting authority is responsible for informing the owner/occupant of the dwelling/sleeping unit that a carbon monoxide detector is required.

The carbon monoxide detectors within these dwelling and sleeping units can be fully hard-wired systems, single station battery operated units, or AC units that can be purchased at many home improvement centers.
The key as to whether a detector is required is triggered by the use of fuel-fired appliances within a sleeping/dwelling unit or if any of these buildings have an attached garage.

For more information, please contact Glenn Burns with the City of Bowling Green at 270-393-3672 or Craig Hunt with Warren County at 270-843-5360.