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Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required Starting Today

A new law requires carbon monoxide detectors in single family homes.

California fire officials are reminding the public that starting today, state law requires carbon monoxide detectors to be installed in every home.

The new law requires all single-family homes with an attached garage or a fossil fuel source to install the alarm devices.

Fire officials said this new measure will save lives.

"Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, each year claiming the lives of an average of 480 people," state Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover said in a
statement.

More than 20,000 people are sent to emergency rooms by the colorless, odorless gas, fire officials said.

Authorities say the best protection from carbon monoxide poisoning
is to have a detector installed on every floor and outside each sleeping area.

For more information on carbon monoxide poisoning prevention, visit www.fire.ca.gov.

-Bay City News Service

Rico July 03, 2011 at 02:40 AM
Installed in every home, not true. I live in a single family detached HOUSE, not a condo or town home. My garage is not attched, but far away from the house, and I have no gas service here, I burn wood for heat, and use the redwood trees for cooling. Therefore, I am exempt from the requirement of having a carbon monoxide detector, and also exempt from any BAAQMD rules on how I heat my house.

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