Maryland State Fire Marshal Clarifies CO Alarm Requirements

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AOBA staff met recently with State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci to get his interpretation of state legislation that will require the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in certain rental dwelling units by April 1, 2018.   Chief Geraci acknowledged that he had received a number of questions since the bills were enacted at the 2016 General Assembly session.

In a letter to Local Fire Marshals and Fire Code Officials, Chief Geraci stated that carbon monoxide alarms will not be required in rental dwelling units that are powered solely by an electric power supply. He went on to state that the legislation “requires that a carbon monoxide alarm be installed outside of each sleeping area and on every level to include the basement in a building that contains any fuel burning equipment, wood burning appliance or has an enclosed attached garage.”  

For details, see Chief Geraci's letter: http://www.aoba-metro.org/uploads/docs/2016/CO%20Alarms%20Rental%20Units.pdf