New Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirements July 1, 2011
Per the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act (SB183), beginning July 1, 2011, all existing single family homes must have carbon monoxide alarms. All other types of residences (apartments, condominiums, hotels, etc.) will need carbon monoxide alarms beginning January 1, 2013. According to the California Air Resources Board, 30 to 40 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. SB183 states that those deaths were avoidable and that the California law will help prevent further deaths and increase awareness.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes can kill individuals before they are aware it is in their home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure.
For more information about how you can comply with SB183, visit ocfa.org.
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