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California's Carbon Monoxide Requirements

As of January 1, 2011 California law SB-183, the Carbon Monoxide Prevention Act requires all homes to be equipped with a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm.

Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States and can cause serious and chronic brain, lung, and heart injuries.  It is odorless, colorless, tasteless and at high levels it could cause death within minutes, that is why it is often referred as "the silent killer." Carbon monoxide gas is produced from heaters, fireplaces, furnaces and many types of appliances and cooking devices.

Some symptoms include the following and can be similar to those of the flu, food poisoning or other illnesses.:            

Dizziness               Nausea

Headaches            Fainting

Confusion             Shortness of breath

Persistent levels of CO over an extended time can be just as dangerous as moderate or high levels. Due to its dangerous nature, it is important to install a CO alarm to warn you if carbon monoxide is present.

What kind of CO alarm do you need? 

All new residential and commercial properties require the carbon monoxide alarm to be hardwired and interconnected with a back-up battery.

Existing homes may have battery operated carbon monoxide alarms with a plug-in battery back-up or a hardwired device with a back-up battery.

Keep in mind, carbon monoxide alarms/detectors are required along with smoke detectors.

Contact Safe-T Security to have your CO alarm installed or tested.

Additional Information

Related posts:  What Do I Do When My Carbon Monoxide Alarm Activates?

Carbon Monoxide Facts Sheet 

Carbon Monoxide Safety 

NOTICE - PLEASE READ: This information is a summary interpretation of California Senate Bill No. 183 (SB-183), "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act" and was prepared as general reference material ONLY. For your specific compliance requirements please refer to the actual law or regulation.