LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Carbon monoxide detectors will become mandatory in many California homes on July 1.

The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act (Senate Bill 183) requires that residents of single family homes with an attached garage or fossil fuel source install a CO detector.

KNX 1070 reports.

Kevin Nida of the California State Firefighters Association recommends, “one for each level of the home and in each sleeping area.”
Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless and colorless gas that can become deadly within minutes. Symptoms of CO poisoning often include dizziness, nausea and headaches.
“We have 30 to 40 deaths a year in the state of California, about 300 to 400 hospital emergency visits and these are just the cases we are able to find,” Nida says.

Failing to install a CO alarm could result in a $200 fine.

Owners of multi-family leased or rental homes and apartments have until Jan. 1, 2012 to comply with the new law.

Comments (7)
  1. Will says:

    Another unwanted government intrusion. I’ve lived for 65 years in homes fueled by natural gas and never had a problem. If I choose not to install one, is someone coming into my home to check? Another way to take money from us we don’t have.

  2. Everyday Guy says:

    it’s nice to know the Fascist movement is alive and well in today’s democrat party.

  3. Wondering says:

    Is my life, and that of other apartment renters, less valuable than others since owners aren’t required to comply with this law for another 6 months?

  4. RonM says:

    Next up: Due to its danger, a $200 fine for Lightning and, because it’s scary, an EXTRA $100 fine if Thunder accompanies it.

  5. Pratt Robert says:

    well now we can hang are cloths in are front yards . cause we have no law on that ,,, hahahah f;;;; dum lllllaaawwsssss.

  6. Pratt Robert says:


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