Protect Yourself From Carbon Monoxide

Are you aware that you’re required by law to have a carbon monoxide alarm in your home? The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act was passed by the State Legislature in May 2010 making approved carbon monoxide alarms (CO alarms) mandatory for all California residents.

As of July 1, 2011, all single-family dwelling units with an attached garage or a gas heater should have installed a Carbon Monoxide alarm within the home and all other dwelling units have until January 1, 2013 to comply. What is the definition of a dwelling unit? Generally, a dwelling unit is where you sleep! It is a single-family dwelling, duplex, lodging house, dormitory, or dwelling unit in a multiple-unit dwelling unit building meaning any place where people live is covered under the law.

What is Carbon Monoxide (CO)? Known as the “silent killer”, this colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas kills approximately 500 people and sends nearly 20,000 more to the hospital each year. CO is naturally produced from heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, and many types of appliances and cooking devices when fuels burn incompletely,  which is why proper ventilation is imperative when using these devices. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is avoidable and preventable if each home takes the necessary procedures and remembers these keys to safety: Inspect, protect, and detect.

  • Inspect your fuel-burning appliances at home such as furnaces, hot water heaters, and stoves that require yearly maintenance.
  • Protect your family by obeying the law and purchasing an approved Carbon Monoxide alarm. Alarms that are approved by the State Fire Marshal can be found at:
  • Detect! If your alarm detects any sign of Carbon Monoxide immediately escape outside with your family and dial 9-1-1.

Carbon Monoxide alarms should be installed outside the sleeping area in a dwelling to alert occupants in an emergency. Smoke alarms/detectors and Carbon Monoxide devices are required by law and should be inspected regularly.

For more information regarding the new Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act, visit the State Fire Marshal’s website, or contact the Corona Fire Department at (951) 736-2220. Take steps to avoid the “silent killer” and ensure the safety of your family by installing a carbon monoxide alarm today.

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