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For immediate release:  
February 19, 2018


State Fire Marshal Advises of New Rule Concerning Carbon Monoxide Alarms

The following rule was adopted on February 7, 2018, by the Iowa Fire Marshal’s Office: Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 661- 211; Carbon Monoxide Alarms.

In 2016, during their regular session, the Iowa General Assembly enacted Senate File 2219.  Senate file 2219 requires the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in certain single-family dwellings and single and multiple-unit residential buildings. This legislation requires the State Fire Marshal to follow and enforce the guidelines and require the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in the following structures that have a fuel-fired heater or appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage:

  • Existing single-family dwellings, existing single-family rental units, and multiple-unit residential buildings.
  • Single-family dwellings and single-family rental units and multiple-unit residential buildings (for which construction is authorized (or is started) on or after July 1, 2018.    

The legislation also requires the State Fire Marshal to enforce penalties for structures that are not in compliance.  It authorizes the State Fire Marshal to implement a program of inspections; limited to the placement, repair, and operability of carbon monide alarms. It requires the State Fire Marshal to monitor compliance and provide notification to the owner or manager of any noncompliance issues. The State Fire Marshal has authorization to contract with any political subdivision to provide the inspection and notification in accordance with Senate File 2219. 

This legislation will become effective July 1, 2018.  Please contact your local building or fire department with any questions. 


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