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How To Protect Your Family From A Silent Killer – Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Posted on: December 28th, 2011 by 0jifdnguu No Comments

CO DetectorThe state of California requires many of its residents to have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in their homes.

It’s all part of a state carbon monoxide law that went into effect in July 2011.  The law requires all existing single-family homes that contain a gas heater or appliance, fireplace or an attached garage to have carbon monoxide detectors.

The law states that:

  • Carbon monoxide detectors should be placed outside of sleeping areas and on the entry level of the home.
  • Carbon monoxide detectors must be battery powered, plug-in with battery back up or hard-wired with battery backup.

So why has California made it mandatory for many homes to have carbon monoxide detectors?

According to the Centers for Disease and Control, carbon monoxide poisoning was the cause of more than 16,000 deaths in the United States between 1999 and 2004.

To protect your family, follow the tips in this posting

Common causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

To understand carbon monoxide poisoning, you first need to know the common causes.  They include:

  • Chimneys
  • Furnaces
  • Attached garages
  • Fireplaces
  • Water heaters
  • Indoor grilling
  • Range hoods
  • Clothes dryers
  • Portable heaters

If it’s gas powered, there’s a possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning.  A carbon monoxide detector helps to eliminate the possibility of CO poisoning.

Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning is often known as the “silent killer” because it is an invisible, odorless gas.  If you or a family member is experiencing any of these symptoms, you might have CO poisoning.

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Breathlessness
  • Dizziness
  • Collapse
  • Complete loss of consciousness

If you have any of these symptoms, immediately leave your home and get medical help.

What To Do If Your Carbon Monoxide Alarm Goes Off

If your CO detector should go off, you should take the following actions:

  • Turn off appliances
  • Leave the home
  • Open windows and doors to get fresh air into the home
  • Contact a qualified technician to have the problem fixed
  • Call 911 for anyone experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms

Common Carbon Monoxide Misconceptions 

When it comes to carbon monoxide, there are several misconceptions.  They include:

  • Misconception #1: CO is lighter than air and rises to the ceiling
  • Misconception #2: CO has a distinct odor
  • Misconception #3: Fever is a symptom of carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Misconception #4: CO poisoning causes skin and nail beds to turn pink in color

Protect Your Home From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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We specialize in home security systems for residents in Northern California and Oregon.  As a locally owned and operated business, we care deeply about your community because we live there too!

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Attention Homeowners: California Requires You To Install A Carbon Monoxide Detector

Posted on: March 26th, 2011 by 0jifdnguu 19 Comments

If you haven’t heard, California homeowners will soon be required to install carbon monoxide detectors.  The law goes into effect starting in July 2011.

There’s been a lot of misinformation swirling around about the new carbon monoxide law.

To help clear up some of the confusion, here is what you need to know about the new carbon monoxide detector law in California.

In this posting, you’ll also find important information about sources of carbon monoxide poisoning as well as what to do in the event of a carbon monoxide leak.

California Law Requirements

Here are important facts about the carbon monoxide law below.  If you’re interested in reading the entire law, you can view it on the California State Senate website.

  • Who It Impacts: All existing single-family homeowners that have fossil-fuel burning appliances, fireplaces and/or attached garage.
  • What The Law Requires: A carbon monoxide detector must be installed in these homes.

  • How Much Does A Detector Cost: Carbon monoxide detectors cost anywhere from $10-$50.  You can compare prices here.
  • How Is The Law Enforced: People requesting homeowner loans will have to show that they have installed carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.
  • What About Apartments: The law will require all other types of residential units other than single-family homes to have carbon monoxide detectors by Jan. 1, 2013.  The owner of the rental unit will be responsible for installing the detectors.
  • Fines: You will get a warning to install a carbon monoxide detector within 30 days of notice.  If you fail to do so, fines will be up to $200.

The law goes into effect for all single-family homeowners on July 1, 2011.  It is recommended that you purchase your carbon monoxide detector ahead of time, as it’s possible there could be shortages.

Other States With Carbon Monoxide Laws

California is not the only state requiring carbon monoxide detectors.  Other states such as Oregon have similar laws on the books.

In Oregon, landlords of rental units as well as home sellers must have carbon monoxide detectors in residential dwellings.  You can find more information on the State of Oregon Government website.

There are more than 25 states with carbon monoxide laws.  You can get more information about these laws by visiting the National Conference of State Legislatures website.

Why Carbon Monoxide Detectors Are Important

Unlike fires, carbon monoxide is a silent killer.  Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is undetectable.

That is why it is important to buy a carbon monoxide detector.

According to the California Air Resources Board, 30-40 people die every year in California because of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America says that between 120-200 people die every year in the United States because of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Common sources of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Gas heating systems
  • Natural gas heating systems
  • LP gas heating
  • Coal/wood heating systems
  • Kerosene/oil heating
  • Diesel fuel

By far, LP gas heating and natural gas heating cause the most carbon monoxide poisonings of the six categories.  This is according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America.

Where To Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Like fire detectors, you will want to install carbon monoxide detectors on high walls or ceilings.

Be sure not to place them in low areas where they can be tampered with by children or pets.  You should have a carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home.

Signs You May Have Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Because you cannot smell carbon monoxide, it’s difficult to detect.

If you and other family members in your home are showing the following symptoms, you may have carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness

If you or other members of your home are experiencing these symptoms, immediately leave your home and get fresh air.  Call for medical help after getting out of your home.

What To Do If Your Carbon Monoxide Detector Goes Off

If you’re carbon monoxide detectors start beeping, you’ll want to take the following steps:

  • Turn off carbon monoxide detector and get everyone outside.
  • Check to see if anyone is suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.  If so, call 911.
  • Open windows in home to get fresh air circulating.
  • Turn off all appliances and heating systems.
  • Call an appliance or heating professional to check for a carbon monoxide leak.

Following these steps will help to protect your family in the event of a carbon monoxide leak.

Other Carbon Monoxide Detector Options

If you’re looking for a more complete way to protect your home, you may want to consider a home security system.

Today’s home security systems come with fire alarm systems as well as carbon monoxide detection.  When your home security system detects carbon monoxide, heat or smoke, a central monitoring station immediately calls the fire department for action.

If you’re interested in learning more about your home security options, visit the Hue & Cry website.  There, you can learn about your home security options.  You also can contact a security professional for assistance.

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