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Smoke Detector and CO (Carbon Monoxide) Detector Inspection (26F 1/2)



For buildings with fossil-fuel burning equipment or enclosed parking areas, fire departments are required to inspect smoke alarms and CO detectors when homes are being sold or transferred.  The new regulations require carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, within ten feet of each sleeping area and in habitable portions of basements and attics. The CO detectors may be:  

  • Battery operated with battery monitoring; or
  • Plug in with battery backup; or
  •  Hard-wired (AC primary power) with battery backup; or
  • Low voltage system; or
  • Qualified combination (smoke/carbon monoxide alarm with voice distinction of alarm).

Suggested Detector Locations

  • Living level, no bedrooms
  • Not closer than 20 feet to a source of Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  • In the living space
  • Near the stairway leading to the floor above
  • Level with bedrooms
  • Must be within 10 feet of each bedroom door
  • Basement (used as living space)
  • Not closer than 20 feet to a fossil fuel burning appliance (could shorten sensor life)
  • Near the stairway leading to the floor above
  • The gas code also requires a hard wired detector with battery backup be placed near the space where the heater is located when a sidewall vent gas appliance is installed
  • Property with an attached garage
  • Between the door to the garage and the living space
  • In the living space

There is a $35.00 inspection fee for single-family homes or units (i.e. condo) and  2-family dwellings.  This fee will be charged for each site visit made by the department.  Checks to cover the cost of the inspection should be made out to the Town of Goshen.