Protecting California Families from the “Silent Killer”
In May 2010, an important new public safety measure was signed into law requiring all California homes to be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms. Note: CO alarms are required IN ADDITION to smoke alarms and are not intended to replace them. Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the “Silent Killer” because it is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can catch its victims completely unaware. CO is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States and accounts for up to 700 emergency room visits in California each year. CO poisoning can cause severe and chronic brain, lung and heart injuries and can lead to death.
The only safe way to know if there is CO in your home is to arm your family with a working CO alarm.
Following is a summary of California’s new CO safety law.
Single-Family Dwellings – Required beginning July 1, 2011
Multi-Family Dwellings – Required beginning January 1, 2013
Any single-family dwelling, duplex, lodging house, private dormitory, hotel, motel, condo, time-share or multiple unit dwelling that contains a fossil-fuel burning heater, appliance, fireplace or attached garage.
Existing Homes: May be battery operated, plug-in with battery backup, or hardwired with battery backup.
CO alarms must be installed outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity and on every level.