As of Jan. 1, Town of Vail Fire and Building Codes contain new requirements mandating the proper installation and maintenance of smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detection in all short term and seasonal rental residential properties.
Carbon monoxide detection is required to be installed in areas where natural gas, liquid propane or wood burning appliances are in use. This includes wood burning fireplaces and stoves.
Other detection requirements include areas adjacent to entries in a home from an attached garage, in kitchens where gas appliances are utilized and outside sleeping areas. In addition, areas outside of, but adjacent to mechanical or laundry rooms that are furnished with natural gas or liquid propane powered furnaces, water heaters or clothes dryers are required to be equipped with carbon monoxide detection.
Smoke alarms are required in every sleeping area, in hallways or corridors outside sleeping areas, and on each level of living area.
While the Town of Vail 2015 Fire and Building Code requirements apply to short term and seasonal rental properties, the state requires that all residential properties be equipped with operable carbon monoxide detection prior to any real estate transaction taking place. This includes the sale, lease or rental of one- and two-family homes, townhomes and condominiums.
There are many combination products on the market that will detect both smoke and carbon monoxide. These combination devices are available in both battery powered or hardwired/battery backup powered options.
If you have questions or need assistance in determining the best choice for your needs, contact Vail Fire & Emergency Services Fire Marshal Mike Vaughan