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New law requires CO monitors in rentals

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Most people know about smoke detectors, but experts say protecting yourself against carbon monoxide is just as important. While smoke detectors are already required in rental units, a new state law went into effect Friday requiring landlords to install a carbon monoxide alarm in each level of a rental unit. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when a fuel source burns incompletely. A carbon monoxide alarm gives you a warning that could save your life. That's why a new state law requires landlords to install a battery-operated or electric carbon monoxide alarm in rental units. The law only applies to renters with a current or new lease, who have a fossil-fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace or garage. Fire and Life Safety Educator Meg Langston of the Wilmington Fire Department says everyone should have one, just in case. "We recommend that you have at least one on each level," Langston said. "And depending on your carbon monoxide alarm, it's going to tell you to install it in different locations." It's also important to have a working smoke alarm. There are two types. An ionization smoke alarm detects flaming, fast moving fires first. A photoelectric smoke alarm detects smoldering fires first. Experts say your best bet is to get a combination smoke alarm and a separate carbon monoxide alarm. But any protection is better than no protection. In 2005, the most recent year statistics are available, firefighters across the country responded to 61,000 carbon monoxide incidents. January and December were the peak months.

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TO GUEST 4444, Do not put

TO GUEST 4444, Do not put your safety or your family's safety in someone else's hand. Just go out and buy own. Get the battery opperated combo smoke and carbon monoxide detecters. They are not that expensive and you can get them at HOME DEPOT or LOWE'S even WALMART. S/F ROGER FLEMING

good to be safe BUT

It is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas. I cook and heat my home with Electricity do I have a need for a CO detector?


No. Electricity in the home isn't fossil fuel.


MORE overstepping of government and STUPID LAWS just to say they did...

I have a wood burning fireplace but my apartment complex says th

I have a wood burning fireplace but my apartment complex says they are exempt, and if I want one I need to purchase it myself. Is that correct? If not, whom should I contact?

When you use your fireplace...

be sure NOT to burn treated lumber, which produces toxic fumes.


Fossil fuels in general are formed over millions of years so they have high carbon levels. When they burn they produce high levels of carbon monoxide. Wood smoke does not have a high level of CO and what there is is very diluted and goes up the chimney. All newer wood stoves have very low emissions including CO. We breath out CO. Make sure your chimney is working properly.

More info should be given

Photoelectric vs. Ionization. Since the subject was brought up... Ionization detectors work by sampling air, Photoelectric detectors work by the substance entering the detector blocking a photoelectric light reaching a photocell. Ionization are considered more sensative and are more likely disabled due to cooking rendering the detector unopritive forlonger periods of time. Bottom line- Smoke detectors save lives!

You are correct. The article

You are correct. The article has it completely backwards.