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What Do I Do When My Carbon Monoxide Alarm Activates?

Most people have heard the sound their smoke detector emits, but few of us are familiar with the sound a carbon monoxide alarm makes. And, if you're like many and have not heard the sound of a carbon monoxide alarm, it usually will emit an intermittent beeping indicating dangerous levels of CO detected.

First, make sure you have installed a carbon monoxide alarm. If you or your landlord has not installed a carbon monoxide detector yet, now's the time, it's the law. CO alarms must be installed outside each sleeping area in the immediate vicinity and on every level of the residence.  

Now that we know what to listen for, what are the next steps?

1. NEVER ignore the alarm; each alarm activation must be taken seriously. Carbon monoxide is known as the "silent killer" because it's colorless, odorless and tasteless. 

2. Immediately, ventilate the house by opening doors and windows, and turning off all appliances.

3. Evacuate to get fresh air, especially if anyone is experiencing dizziness, nausea, confusion, headaches or any other symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

4. Call 911 and DO NOT re-enter the home until it is aired out completely. Wait for emergency services to tested for carbon monoxide and indicate it is safe to return. Have the emergency services identify the source of the leak or cause of exposure so you are aware of the culprit.

5. Consider calling a qualified technician to check your appliances before using them again.  Contact Safe-T Security 951-689-0599 today to schedule an appointment.

Additional Information 

Related posts:  California's Carbon Monoxide Requirements

Carbon Monoxide Facts Sheet

Carbon Monoxide Fire Safety Information

NOTICE - PLEASE READ: This information is a summary interpretation of California 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.