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ConsumerWatch: New Law Requires Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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A carbon monoxide alarm. (CBS)

A carbon monoxide alarm. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — Starting July 1st, California homeowners are expected to install carbon monoxide detectors in their homes. The new law is aimed at preventing deaths and injuries caused by carbon monoxide poisoning

According to Matt Lucett of the North County Fire Authority, about 30 to 40 deaths occur on an annual basis. “It’s known as a silent killer because of the fact that it’s colorless and odorless,” he said.

Stores such as the Home Depot in Daly City are also taking action by reminding customers to purchase detectors before next month. Supervisor Tim Mehegan said consumers can find devices anywhere from $18 to $40.

A gas stove, gas water heater or fireplace could release carbon monoxide. To be on the safe side, Mehegan said consumers could find devices that track gas levels throughout the day.

But not every home is required to install a carbon monoxide detector. The new law only requires single family homes that have an attached garage, fireplace or fossil fuel burning appliance to place a detector. Starting Jan. 1, 2013 all other residential units will have to install a detector.

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