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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Dear Answerman: Someone told me we have to have carbon monoxide detectors in our house but I looked it up and cannot find any city codes that require this. Carson in Mascoutah Dear Carson, Illinois State law requires Carbon Monoxide Alarms in all homes with a few excep- tions. The Illinois State law went into effect January 1, 2007. What is carbon monoxide and who is at risk ? Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless deadly gas. Because you can't see, taste, or smell it, carbon monoxide can kill you before you know it's there. Everyone is at risk for car- bon monoxide poisoning. Ex- perts believe, however, that individuals with greater oxygen requirements such as unborn babies, infants, children, senior citizens, and people with coronary or respiratory problems are at greater risk. Here's what you need to know about the Illinois State Law requiring CO de- tectors in your home. In 2006, the Illinois Gen- eral Assembly passed a new law which requires the placement of Carbon Monox- ide Detectors in residences. This law (Public Act 94-741) went into effect January 1, 2007 and mandates that ev- ery dwelling unit in Illinois must be equipped with at least one carbon monoxide alarm within 15 feet of ev- ery room used for sleeping purposes. WHAT IS CARBON MONOXIDE? Carbon Monoxide (also known as CO) is a color- less, odorless, poisonous gas which can cause poisoning when inhaled. Carbon Mon- oxide is produced by the in- complete combustion of or- ganic fossil fuels such as oil, gas, or coal. In normal con- ditions, the combustion pro- cess (the addition of oxygen) will result in carbon in the fossil fuel, combining with oxygen, in the air, to pro- duce Carbon Dioxide (CO2), the same substance we ex- habitation, would include a single-family residence as well as each living unit of a multiple-family residence and each living unit in a mixed use building. hale when we breathe. However, if there is a lack of air for the combustion process or the heating ap- pliance is faulty, Carbon Monoxide can be produced. When CO is inhaled in the body it combines with the blood, preventing it from ab- sorbing oxygen. If a person is exposed to CO over a pe- riod, it can cause illness and even death. WHAT IS THE MAIN REQUIREMENT UNDER THE NEW LAW? The law mandates that every dwelling unit must be equipped with at least one approved carbon monoxide alarm in an operating con- dition within 15 feet of ev- ery room used for sleeping purposes. A dwelling unit, defined as a room or suite of rooms used for human ARE THERE ANY EXEMPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT? The law exempts residen- tial units that are in build- ings that: (1) do not rely on combustion of fossil fuel for heat, ventilation or hot wa- ter: and (2) Buildings that have electric heat are exempt if they are not connected in any way to a garage; and (3) are not sufficiently close to any ventilated source of car- bon monoxide• ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS ABOUT THE TYPE OF DETECTOR OR ALARM THAT MUST BE USED? The law allows three dif- ferent types of alarms to be used to meet the require- ment. The alarm can be bat- tery-powered, a plug-in style (with battery back-up) or it can be wired into the AC power line with secondary battery back-up. The Car- bon Monoxide alarm must bear the label of a national- ly recognized testing labora- tory and must comply with the most recent standards Broker, Mediator (618) 973-7880 ma.zahn@sbcglobal.net www.Strano.comlAn g,eZahn 705 E Hanover St, New Baden, IL 62265 Quality Service Certified' Angle Zahn. Realto ~ Mediator GRI, RAA, SRES, AHWD, BPOR, SFR A NTir-'ll & -s°cLrr Trenton Su, Page 10- Real Estate fd r Homeowners and Potentlal meowners of the Underwriters Labo- ratc)ries. Look for the "UL" symbol on the package. If you are not sure. check with the retailer and read the description and the instruc- tions on the box containing the alarm. CAN YOU USE ONE ALARM SYSTEM TO MEET STATE LAWS THAT MANDATE BOTH A SMOKE DETECTOR AND A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR? YES. The Carbon Monox- ide alarm may be combined with the smoke detector provided that combined unit emits an alarm m a manner that clearly differentiates the hazard• GENERALLY, HOW MUCH DO ALARMS COST? The price range per alarm is I8 to $50 depending on the features of the alarm. Geberaliy, alarms are avail- able from hardware or home products stores. IS THERE A PENALTY IF I DO NOT INSTALL A DETECTOR? Willful failure to install a detector is a Class B mis- demeanor. Tampering with, or removing, destroying, disconnecting an alarm (ex- cept in inspection or main- tenance  is a Class A misde- meanor. RE SPONSIBILITIE S OF LANDLORDS AND TENANTS The law specifies that it is the responsibility of the owner to supply and in- stall all required alarms. So, while the owner of a multi-dwelling unit must supply and install all re- quired alarms, the tenant is responsible for the testing and general maintenance within their unit, including the responsibility to replace any required batteries, and to notify the owner or the authorized agent in writing of any deficiencies that the tenant cannot correct. The owner is further required to give one tenant per dwelling unit written information re- garding alarm testing and maintenance and must en- sure that the batteries are in operating condition at the time the tenant takes pos- session of a dwelling unit. Energy Tip: When you open the oven door to peek at food inside you lose 25- 75 degrees of heat. Look through the oven window or wait until the food is al- most done before opening the door. Jerry Green tS the owner and inspector for Answer- man Home Inspections LLC, ClintonSt. Clair County. The purchase of real estate is one of the largest invest- ments you will make in your lifetime. Inspect Before You Invest. Questions to Jerry Green at answermanhi@charter.net STRANO NEW BADEN - .... ., . , . 4 BR, 2 BA, 1896 sf, W/O Bsmt., $103,000. Steve K #4401870.  Commercial Edg. 2 offices. 1 BA. garage, off 1-64. $148.000 T ....... -#- 3bsmt.,Acres.$1824BR,500.2BAAnfl.2242#4400096sI' FL Angle. #4206977 4 BR. 2 BA 1700 sf FL bsmt.. . . ,  $116.500. Ang,e. #4112497  3 E3R 2 BA 1612 -=,.sf' Crawl. $6,5;.0()0. Pat. #4316966 3 BR, 2BA 1424 sf, Fenced, m--..   mmi !F I.. ............ -; .........  $137,000. Angle. #4316236 4 BR, 2 BA 2108 sf, FL bsmt., 2 BR, 2 BA, 1630 sf FL bsmt., -- i-:....,!:_, ,. ......... $119,900. Angie.#4312670  4 BR 1 BA 1581 sf, PR bsmt.. -------.--.-.......o,,.. $7£.9'00 Carol. #4316543 5 BR. BA. 5307 sf FL bsmt.. $158:000. Steve R.314188 "' 3 BR. 2BA. 1680 sf. Crawi $257.250. Angie.#4310703 .  . $64,900. Angle. #4314677 ,;-i, ,-.' o,.'';:*':':: .'I-- " "  1 ;: '" • 48R 3 BA. 2352 sf, Walkout lower level, $149,900. Angle. ___- 2 BR. 1 BA. 1515 sf, PR beret, #4313846 :: .::: 4 Commercial site out of city Imts. $49,900. Carol. #4316539 • 1.528 sf. warehouse. 2.06 acres /--L. VE 38R, 3 BA 960 sf crawl. $499.000. Steve K. #4216530 $54,900. Angie. #4314722 TRENTON - 3 BR, 2 BA 1682 sf Cellar. $11Z500.SteveK.#4401:431. 3 BR. 3 BA 2120 sf. FL bsmt. $225000. Steve R. #4400850 COMMERCIAL LISTINGS, RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES, LOTS & MORE. CALL TODAY FOR DETAILS. CHRIST TRUCK SERVICE, INC. Trucking and Excavating Sihce 1.936 Sand Driveway Rock Decorative Gravels Shredded Topsoil Fill Dirt Mulch Trap Rock Rip Rap Limestone www.christtruckserviceinc.com I OPEN MONDAY-FRIDAY 6:30am4:30pm I SATURDAY 7:OOam-12:OOml 705 $. Fritz, Lebanon, ILO-" iiiiiiiiiiiiiii1|11 TRENTON CITY HALL 14 W. Broadway Trenton, IL 62293 (618) 224-7323 www.trenton-il.com CITY HALL HOURS Monday.: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Kyle Jones, Mayor • kjones@trenton-il.com Karen Buzzard, City Clerk • kbuzzard@trenon-il.com Council Working Sessions are scheduled for the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. CiTY ADMINIS111ATOR DOUG BRIMM • dbrimm@trenton-il.com ALDERMEN WARD 1 : j,, Scott Westbrook : swestbrook@trenton-il.com Brent Woods bwoods@trenton-il.com WARD 2: Dan Kohlbrecher • dkohlbrecher@trenton-il.com Lori Zurliene • Izurliene@trenton-il.com WARD 3: Dan Rosen droser@trenton-il.com mm   :-- mm mm mm m  m mm m  mm    WE'VE GOT BUYERS... WE NEED LISTINGS/ ALBERS • 108 N. Broadway • $109,900 4 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1,440 square feet. Call Jackie. AVISTON • 846 Wo 4th St. • $165,000 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1489 sq. ft. Call Jackie. AVlSTON • 441 Redwood Dr. ° $13),9OO 2 BR, 2 BA vi!la with full I basement, 1215 sq. ft., :! attached garage.  Call John. AVISTON • 145 Bradford * $174,)00 3 BR, 3 baths  ---! 1987 square feet .... .::L] of finished space.  Call Jackie. AVISTON • 445 Redwood Dr. • $139,900 2 BR, 2 BA villa with full basement, 1215 square feet, attached garage. Call John. AVISTON • 501 West 2nd St • $228,500 3 BR, 3 BA, all brick very Ig.  ;IIII 1 home w/over 2,400 sq. ft. on main level, + 970 finished in lower level. Has an abundance of Storage. Also sits on a very large lot. Call Jackie. BECKEMEYER • 190 E. 1st St. • $38,000 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 2,020 square feet. £all Dennis. BREESE • 758 S. 2nd St. • $114,9OO 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 1784 square feet. Call Tom. BREESE • 446 8th St. • $142,900 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, I 1  : ......................... 1674 square feet. ,, ............ Call John. ............. BREESE • 1 Merlin Court ' $134,900 3 BR, 2 BA ..........  Corner lot. * • Call Jackie 1 " VISIT OUR WE8 MTE TO SEE RLL OF OUR LIS"[ING$! DAMIANSVILLE • 209 W. Main SL ° $174,900 3BR, 3 Full baths, . almost complete bt,,/mll/ finished off lower -- level. Lots of extras,lIlIIl extra detached garage, 6 panel wood doors, solid wood trim, gun room. Sits on Ig. lot. Call Jackie. HIGHLAND.480 E. Pike Dr. • $149,900 3 BR, 2 BA over 2700 sq. ft. Call John. HIGHLAND • 14458 Shady Oak Ln. • $259,900 4 BR, 4 BA, 3 car at- tached garage, 3696 sq. ft. St. Rose Sch. District. Call John. LEBANON • 124 ST, Louis St. • $175,000 Nice commercial I  I location, l,  ' \\;,1 4,424 sq. ft. I Call John. I NEW BADEN • 10-12 W. Hanover • $109,400 Commercial Property, Great Investment!  , Call Tom  4 BR, 4 BA, attached garage, detached garage. On almost an acre