Idaho building inspectors expand authority on CO detectors
THE AGENCY Division of Building Safety
THE ISSUE Inspection of carbon monoxide detectors in small cities and rural areas.
WHATS PROPOSED Builders are supposed to install carbon monoxide detectors in new construction of both single-family and apartment dwellings under existing residential code. The detectors are intended to alert residents when the odorless chemical leaks from fuel-fired energy sources such as gas heaters. Idahos larger cities have building inspectors to ensure such devices are in place when heating, air conditioning and ventilation are installed. But smaller cities such as Emmett and Idaho City dont have inspectors to oversee the installation of devices. A proposed rule would give the Division of Building Safety the authority to make inspections and enforce regulations in such regions of the state. The proposed rule also requires carbon monoxide alarms to be installed outside of bedrooms. The cost of the units is about $30. The Division of Building Safety is seeking legislative approval of the rule, which would take effect in 2014.
HOW YOU CAN BE HEARD Direct comments to: Steve Keys, Deputy Administrator of Operations, Division of Building Safety, P. O. Box 83720, Meridian 83642. Phone: 332-8986.