SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – A new state law, which takes effect in July, will require all existing single family homes to have carbon monoxide detectors.

CO, or carbon monoxide poisoning, is also known as the silent killer and is responsible on average for nearly 500 deaths and more than 20,000 emergency room visits a year in the United States

KCBS’ Larry Chiaroni Reports:

Meri-K Appy with the Home Safety Council said it’s easy for this gas to turn up in the average household.

“It could be your gas water heater, a fire place or even an attached garage because your car is warming up in the garage,” she said. “All of these are potential deadly sources of CO.”

Appy said that carbon monoxide detectors detect CO the same way smoke alarms detect smoke. In fact, some units can detect both.

“The recommendation is to have a CO detector on every level of your home,” said Appy. “You especially want them near sleeping areas because you want an alarm that will awaken you if you’re asleep.”

Appy said a recent survey found that nearly nine in ten California households don’t have the nationally recommended number of CO detectors in a home.

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Comments (7)
  1. Dumb law says:

    Silly law, how do they intend to inforce it? Are they gonna send the CO police to my home and arrest me?

    1. A CBS5 Reader says:

      Law enforcement won’t come into one’s home just to arrest and fine you for this. It will happen once there is a casualty or fatality from CO-related accidents. You are far better off to have one inside your home or apartment anyway to protect yourself.

      1. Dumb law says:

        Thanks pal, but I was being facetious.

  2. S says:

    Cant you just open a second story backyard or side facing window or something?

  3. Dumb law-part deux says:

    500 deaths and 20,000 ER visits? How many of those are from suicides and suicide attempts? And how many of those deaths are from people doing stupid things like using a kerosene heater indoors or other deliberate foolish actions? According to the World Health Organization there are approximately 20,000 deaths from “falling” every year. I guess the government lobbyists haven’t figured out a way to monetize people dying in a fall yet. Pretty soon are we going to have to install cushions on our floors and yards?

  4. Joe Bozo says:

    “When you let the camel’s nose into the tent, the rest will surely follow” is an old saying. Meaning it’s just another way the “Nanny State” intrudes into your life.

    The last time I looked, there’s no way to enforce it because they need a warrant to enter your home. Can you imagine a detective going before a judge requesting a warrant to enter? The judge ask what’s it for? The detective will say that he suspects that you don’t have a CO2 alarm installed. He will be tossed out faster he can say “arrest”

  5. John says:

    How manty deaths in CA from CO; My findings that majority are in 4 states in snow country in mid west; seems strange to me that there is this big push in our state. Anyone know the stats for CA. The State Fire Marshall never replyed to my question.

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