Many state of California residents are not aware that as of July 1, 2011, the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 (SB 183) requires homeowners, landlords, apartment managers, and builders to install a carbon monoxide detector, as well as a smoke detector to prevent accidental deaths. Those who don’t could receive a 30-day notice to comply, or face a fine of up to $200.

Every year, carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for 30-40 accidental deaths in our state – deaths which could have been easily prevented with the help of an electronic device which emits an alarm whenever carbon monoxide levels reach a certain level. The danger of carbon monoxide, CO, is that it is a colorless, odorless gas, which can lead to asphyxiation. Victims are often silently robbed of oxygen while they sleep, never to wake up.

In an effort to greatly reduce the likelihood of more tragic deaths by CO poisoning, the state of California is requiring certified carbon monoxide detectors to be installed in homes that use fossil fuel burning appliances, have a fireplace or an attached garage.

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