Illinois CO Detector Law Takes Effect


A comprehensive carbon monoxide (CO) detector law is now in effect across Illinois, according to a newspaper report.

The law corrected faults in the 1994 Chicago ordinance that allowed detectors farther away from bedrooms, and exempted dwelling units without their own heat and hot water fossil fuel combustion units inside the residential walls, according to Chicago Sun-Times.

The law mandates that CO detectors must protect all dwellings in Illinois. At least one CO unit must be within 15 feet of a room used for sleeping. In Chicago, detectors are also required in furnace rooms.

Landlords are required to provide and maintain the units, and to make sure the detector is working when tenants move in, the newspaper reported. The law also requires tenants to keep fresh batteries in the detectors and inform the landlord of any operational problems.

Willfully failing to install a detector is a Class B misdemeanor, the newspaper reported.

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