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Residents Warned Against Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisonings

Carbon monoxide alarms are a good safeguard.

As temperatures around the Bay Area start to cool and heaters are turned on, residents are being reminded to have working carbon monoxide alarms at home to prevent accidental gas poisonings.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced from heaters, fireplaces furnaces and many types of appliances and cooking devices.

Each year, 480 people in the U.S. are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, and as many as 20,000 are hospitalized, according the San Carlos Fire Department.

The best way for homeowners to stay protected from carbon monoxide is to have a CO2 alarm installed on every floor and outside each sleeping area, officials said.

As of July 1, 2011, California law requires owners of single-family homes with attached garages or fossil fuel sources for heating to install carbon monoxide alarms in the home.

More information on carbon monoxide can be found online at http://www.fire.ca.gov/communications/communications_firesafety_carbonmonoxide.php.

—Bay City News

Adam D. November 21, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Please be careful this winter. Wouldn't want anyone being killed by something that kills over 400 people each year. Seems like a legit reason to panic cause you know, freezing to death in your home probably kills about the same amount of people each year.
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