All California homeowners will be required to install carbon monoxide detectors starting in July.
The law applies to all single family homes. Daniel Berlant with CalFire says a carbon monoxide detector should be installed on every floor and outside sleeping areas. He says it’s a small investment that can save lives.
“In this case, you can’t feel it, you can’t see it, you can’t smell it,” says Berlant. “It is the silent killer that’s out there and there’s too many people that die because of carbon monoxide.”
Berlant says nationwide about 500 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning each year, and another 20,000 visit emergency rooms. The gas is produced by heaters, fireplaces, furnaces and cooking devices. New California homes are already required to have detectors. The new law extends that to existing homes. Apartment owners have until 2013 to comply.