Starting Friday, July 1, residences in California are required to have carbon monoxide detectors as well as smoke detectors. Previous laws have required newly-constructed homes to have CO detectors. However, the new Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act (California Senate Bill 183) applies to existing dwellings. The law states that owners of residential properties with gas appliances, fireplaces or attached garages must install one CO detector per floor. Owners of single-family units (such as houses, manufactured homes, and condominiums) must comply by July 1st or face up to $200 in fines. Owners of multiple-unit dwellings (apartments, hotels, dormitories, etc.) have until January 1, 2013 to comply.
Carbon monoxide is called “The Silent Killer” for good reason. It is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can cause unconsciousness, brain damage, and death. According to the California Air Resources Board, carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for 30-40 deaths and 175-700 emergency room visits each year. The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act aims to reduce these avoidable deaths and injuries.
Carbon monoxide detectors are an easy, affordable way to protect your family. At envirosafetyproducts.com, safety is our number 1 concern. We offer a large selection of carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors, including combination smoke/CO detectors that fulfill the new California residential requirements.