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October 2011

Carbon Monoxide detectors

If you are selling or buying a home, you have certainly heard about the new law that took effect this year regarding carbon monoxide detectors. If you search the internet, you will find a huge amount of information (and comments) on the subject similar to the one below.
"The bottom line is that ALL SINGLE FAMILY residential dwelling units as of July 1, 2011 must have a CO detector, even those that are not being sold. All other dwelling units (multi-family, dormatories, hotels, motels, etc) must have CO detectors installed by January 1, 2013".
Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless gas that can kill you. And, It is relatively inexpensive to protect you and your family from it if you install the proper type and number of detectors in your home. The law does not specify the number needed or exactly where to place them however, so following manufacturers reccomendations is well, reccomended.
There are those that say they should be in every sleeping room, others suggest they be mounted near the floor, others still say near or on the ceiling. It has also been reccomended that they be placed near gas appliances such as water heaters, stoves, fireplaces, etc.. I personally think the later is the way to go. We have one in our garage, one in the living room near the fireplace and one more in the hall leading to all our bedrooms. We have smoke detectors in every room except baths and the garage.
In my humble opinion, It is always a good idea to err on the side of caution so investing in the prevention of anything that is odorless, colorless and can kill you, just makes sense to me.
However, if you search the internet, you'll find some of these thoughts about the subject: These comments do not represent my thoughts but I thought sharing some of them would be a good idea.
"Statistically, only 30 to 50 people die in California every year from carbon monoxide poisoning out of the 37 million + or - that live here. Most of those who die do so because they use a bar-b-que indoors for heat or in a tent or don't vent their chimney properly. In other words, out of stupidity". "We all have to pay for that now".
"Here's a thought. I make carbon monoxide detectors and I see an opportunity to make millions. All I have to do is find the right lobbyist, who then finds the right politician who is willing to draft a bill, push it through as an act of public safety and take a few envelopes of cash for their trouble. Before you know it, everyone is forced to buy them and as I said earlier, I make hundreds of millions of dollars".
"We must all remember that sometimes the government needs to protect us from ourselves so laws like this are needed".
"Education is the key. Simply getting the word out is the first step in prevention of senseless deaths, or is it"?
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