As of July 1, 2011, the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act (Senate Bill – SB-183) will require all single-family homes with an attached garage or a fossil fuel source to install carbon monoxide detectors within the home by July 1, 2011. Owners of multi-family leased or rental dwellings, such as apartment buildings, have until January 1, 2013, to comply with the law.
Purchasing your Carbon Monoxide Devices
You can purchase various types of CO devices at most national type hardware stores and other large retail stores.
You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels it can kill a person in minutes. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene wood, or charcoal is burned. If appliances that burn fuel are maintained and used properly, the amount of CO produced is usually not hazardous. However, if appliances are not working properly or are used incorrectly, dangerous levels of CO can result. Hundreds of people die accidently every year from CO poisoning caused by malfunctioning or improperly used fuel-burning appliances. Even more die from CO produced by idling cars. Fetuses, infants, elderly people, and people with anemia or with a history of heart or respiratory disease can be especially susceptible. Be safe. Practice the DO’s and DON’Ts of carbon monoxide.
CO Poisoning Symptoms
Know the symptoms of CO poisoning. At moderate levels, you or your family can get severe headaches, become dizzy, mentally confused, nauseated, or faint. You can even die if these levels persist for a long time. Low levels can cause shortness of breath, mild nausea, and mild headaches, and may have longer term effects on your health. Since many of these symptoms are similar to those of the flu, food poisoning, or other illnesses, you may not think that CO poisoning could be the cause.
Prevent CO Poisoning
Play it Safe – If you experience symptoms that you think could be from CO poisoning: · ·
Follow these guidelines to help keep your family safer. ·
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