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I received a call from a tenant that her carbon monoxide detector was going off. She had
already called the Fire Department and was waiting outside for them to arrive. I asked her
to call me back as soon as they arrived and found the problem. What they found was an
owner of an adjacent townhouse unconscious in the garage with the engine running. The
detector we installed saved lives. Please, if you live in attached housing, protect
Carbon Monoxide from attached units can enter your unit. Please view the
Illinois Carbon Monoxide Law

The following law went into effect on January 1, 2007. It affects owner occupied as
well as rental units. Safety is everyone's responsibility. Please remember to check
your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors regularly.

Public Act 094-0741

HB5284 Enrolled

AN ACT concerning safety.

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,  
represented in the General Assembly:

Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Carbon  
Monoxide Alarm Detector Act.

Section 5. Definitions. In this Act:
"Approved carbon monoxide alarm" or "alarm" means a carbon  
monoxide alarm that complies with all the requirements of the  
rules and regulations of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, bears  
the label of a nationally recognized testing laboratory, and  
complies with the most recent standards of the Underwriters  
Laboratories or the Canadian Standard Association.  
"Dwelling unit" means a room or suite of rooms used for  
human habitation, and includes a
single family residence as  
well as each living unit of a multiple family residence and  
each living unit in a mixed use building.

Section 10. Carbon monoxide detector.  
(a) Every dwelling unit shall be equipped with at least one  
approved carbon monoxide alarm in an operating condition within  
15 feet of every room used for sleeping purposes. The carbon  
monoxide alarm may be combined with smoke detecting devices  
provided that the combined unit complies with the respective  
provisions of the administrative code, reference standards,  
and departmental rules relating to both smoke detecting devices  
and carbon monoxide alarms and provided that the combined unit  
emits an alarm in a manner that clearly differentiates the  
(b) Every structure that contains more than one dwelling  
unit shall contain at least one approved carbon monoxide alarm  
in operating condition within 15 feet of every room used for  
sleeping purposes.  

(c) It is the responsibility of the owner of a structure to  
supply and install all required alarms. It is the  
responsibility of a tenant to test and to provide general  
maintenance for the alarms within the tenant's dwelling unit or  
rooming unit, and to notify the owner or the authorized agent  
of the owner in writing of any deficiencies that the tenant  
cannot correct. The owner is responsible for providing one  
tenant per dwelling unit with written information regarding  
alarm testing and maintenance.
The tenant is responsible for replacement of any required  
batteries in the carbon monoxide alarms in the tenant's  
dwelling unit, except that the owner shall ensure that the  
batteries are in operating condition at the time the tenant  
takes possession of the dwelling unit. The tenant shall provide  
the owner or the authorized agent of the owner with access to  
the dwelling unit to correct any deficiencies in the carbon  
monoxide alarm that have been reported in writing to the owner  
or the authorized agent of the owner.  
(d) The carbon monoxide alarms required under this Act may  
be either battery powered, plug-in with battery back-up, or  
wired into the structure's AC power line with secondary battery  

Section 15. Violation.  
(a) Willful failure to install or maintain in operating  
condition any carbon monoxide alarm required by this Act is a  
Class B misdemeanor.  
(b) Tampering with, removing, destroying, disconnecting,  
or removing the batteries from any installed carbon monoxide  
alarm, except in the course of inspection, maintenance, or  
replacement of the alarm, is a Class A misdemeanor in the case  
of a first conviction and a Class 4 felony in the case of a  
second or subsequent conviction.

Section 20. Exemptions. The following residential units  
shall not require carbon monoxide detectors:

(1) A residential unit in a building that: (i) does not  
rely on combustion of fossil fuel for heat, ventilation, or  
hot water; (ii) is not connected in any way to a garage;  
and (iii) is not sufficiently close to any ventilated  
source of carbon monoxide, as determined by the local  
building commissioner, to receive carbon monoxide from  
that source.
(2) A residential unit that is not sufficiently close  
to any source of carbon monoxide so as to be at risk of  
receiving carbon monoxide from that source, as determined  
by the local building commissioner.

Effective Date: 1/1/2007
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Landmark M&M, Inc.
331 W. Northwest Highway
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Palatine, Illinois 60067  
Phone: 847-202-4550
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