It’s the Law!! CO device is Required in All SFRWith regard to all real estate transactions in the state of California, a carbon monoxide device MUST be installed in all single-family residences—it’s the law! California joins over 25 states which have enacted a similar law.The law, as of July 1, 2011, applies to homes that have a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace or an attached garage.The carbon monoxide device should be installed outside of each separate dwelling unit sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedroom, and it should be on every level of the home, including the basement.While detectors installed in newly constructed homes must be hard-wired in to the house, devices for existing homes can be battery-operated or plug in with a battery backup. Devices that operate as both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are also available.Carbon monoxide kills more than 500 people each year and severely injures another 20,000 people nationwide.Carbon monoxide is produced by burning fuels such as gas, oil, wood or coal. Upon inhalation, the gas enters the bloodstream and decreases the ability of blood to carry oxygen to vital organs.Initial symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, light-headedness or headaches. If you or other members of your home are experiencing these symptoms, immediately leave your home and get fresh air. Call for medical help after getting out of your home.Because people cannot smell or see it, it is often referred to as "the silent killer," meaning people may not know they are being poisoned.Like fire detectors, you will want to install carbon monoxide detectors on high walls or ceilings, and not place them in low areas where they can be tampered with by children or pets. If you’re carbon monoxide detectors start beeping, you’ll want to take the following steps:
If you are a Real Estate Agent reading this, save your clients from this tragedy. Tell them to install a carbon monoxide device today. If you are a member of the general public, a seller or a buyer, please know the law, and more importantly, prevent a possible tragedy in your home.
- Turn off carbon monoxide detector and get everyone outside.
- Check to see if anyone is suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. If so, call 911.
- Open windows in home to get fresh air circulating.
- Turn off all appliances and heating systems.
- Call an appliance or heating professional to check for a carbon monoxide leak.
- Following these steps will help to protect your family in the event of a carbon monoxide leak.
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