Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month

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11/07/12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Don Rawson, Emergency Manager, (760) 839-5404

November is Carbon Monoxide Awareness month and Escondido Fire Department in partnership with CAL FIRE is reminding all residents of the importance of having a working carbon monoxide alarm. As of July 1, 2011, state law requires owners of single-family homes with attached garages or fossil fuel sources for heating to install carbon monoxide alarms in every California home. In addition, all other dwelling units, like apartments, are required to have an alarm by January 1, 2013.

“Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, each year claiming the lives of an average of 480 people and sending more than 20,000 people to emergency rooms across the nation,” said State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover, CAL FIRE Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced from heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, and many types of appliances and cooking devices. The best way for homeowners to stay protected from CO is to have a carbon monoxide alarm installed on every floor and outside each sleeping area.

California’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month is intended to help educate homeowners about the law and to encourage them to install a carbon monoxide alarm. As the cooler weather moves into California and the use of fossil fuel heating increases, now is the time to be aware of the dangers of CO. For more information on carbon monoxide, including a short video on the dangers of carbon monoxide, visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.

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