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(A) Definitions. The following words shall have the meaning ascribed to them for the purposes of this section.
(1) APPROVED CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM. 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 of the Canadian Standard Association.
(2) DWELLING UNIT. A room or suite of rooms used for human habitation, and includes a single- family residence as well as each living unit of a multi-family residence and each living unit in a mixed use building.
(B) Carbon monoxide detector.
(1) 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 is an approved carbon monoxide alarm and provided that the combined unit emits a warning in a manner that clearly differentiates the hazard.
(2) 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.
(3) It is the responsibility of the owner of a structure to supply and install all required carbon monoxide alarms. It is the responsibility of a tenant to test and to provide general maintenance for the carbon monoxide 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 carbon monoxide alarm testing and maintenance.
(4) 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.
(5) The carbon monoxide alarms required under this section may be either battery powered, plug-in with battery back-up, or wired into the structure's AC power line with secondary battery back-up.
(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to fail to install or maintain a carbon monoxide alarm as required by this section.
(2) It shall be unlawful for any person to tamper with, remove, destroy or disconnect any installed carbon monoxide alarm.
(3) It shall be unlawful for any person to remove batteries from an installed carbon monoxide alarm except for the purposes of contemporaneously replacing such batteries.
(D) Exemptions. The following residential units shall not require carbon monoxide detectors:
(1) A residential unit in a building that: does not rely on combustion of fossil fuel for heat, ventilation, or hot water; is not connected in any way to a garage; and is not sufficiently close to any ventilation source of carbon monoxide, as determined by the 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 Building Commissioner.
(Ord. 2007-004, passed 1-17-07) Penalty, see § 92.99