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Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Posted on Mar 1st, 2011

Effective February 1, 2011 homes must have carbon monoxide alarms installed in accordance with Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code CH 21 & 28. The law requires every level of the home to have a carbon monoxide detector, including the basement, but not the attic or storage areas.
  • CO alarms may be AC/DC, AC plug-in with DC backup, or DC-only.
  • CO alarms shall be listed and labeled identifying conformance with UL 2034, AND shall bear an Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. listing mark.
  • Combination CO/Smoke alarms are permitted.
  • Installed outside of all sleeping areas, within 21 feet of the centerline of the door opening to any sleeping area and in an exit path from any sleeping area.
  • On floor levels that do not contain a sleeping area, a CO alarm shall be installed in a common area on each floor level. This shall include the basement. This shall not include the attic, garage, or storage area of each dwelling unit.
Remember that Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can be fatal. Take the necessary precautions to protect you and your family now.
More information:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Article (dated Jan 30th, 2011)