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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in California

It's finally coming to California!  A code legislation that requires the installation of Carbon Monoxide detectors Kidde KN-COPP-B Front Load Battery-Operated Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Digital Display in residential applications.  Carbon Monoxide poisoning (CO), is responsible for more than 400 Americans deaths from unintentional poisoning, more than 20,000 visit the emergency room and more than 4,000 hospital visits due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Fatality is highest among Americans 65 and older.

Carbon Monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death.  CO is commonly found in combustion fumes, such as those produced by vehicles, gasoline engines like those of a back-up power generator, stoves, lanterns, areas for burning charcoal and/or wood, and gas ranges and heating systems. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces. Since Carbon Monoxide is colorless and orderless, it kills without warning.  This is where it gets its alias The Silent Killer.

California as of January 1, 2011 will require the installation of these Carbon Monoxide detectors (example Kiddie carbon monoxide detector) in the following facilities:

In both of these applications use the following installation guidelines:

Installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms in dwelling units and on every level including basements within which fuel-fired appliances are installed and in dwelling units that have attached garages.