Most homes in the U.S. are equipped with smoke detectors, so that people can vacate the home quickly in case of a fire, or they may be alerted in time to use a fire extinguisher and get the problem under control. Smoke detectors have been regulated for a long time, and they save lives each and every year.
But even those who regularly test their smoke detectors and change the batteries as needed often don’t have a carbon monoxide detector in place. This is JUST as important as having a smoke detector, so have yours installed before the heating season and read on for more information.
Carbon Monoxide Detector Law in Colorado
Carbon monoxide poisoning takes hundreds of lives each and every year. In Colorado in 2009, a series of carbon monoxide related deaths prompted the former Governor Bill Ritter to sign the Lofgren and Johnson Families Carbon Monoxide Safety Act. By law, any home in the state with a fuel-burning heater or appliance or with an attached garage must have a carbon monoxide detector in place that is within 15 feet of any bedroom.
The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
While the law only applied to homes sold, rented, or remodeled after July of 2009, it’s vital for any home to have a carbon monoxide detector. You cannot detect carbon monoxide on your own. It doesn’t give off a strong smell, like gas does, and you cannot see it.
Modern heaters rarely run into safety issues thanks to safety switches and other features—but it is possible. Don’t risk your family’s safety!
Maintain Your Heating System
Have a technician check your heater each year for any potential signs of a carbon monoxide leak. An annual maintenance visit can help to prevent or identify safety issues, as your technician should look over the ventilation system as well as the mechanical components of your heater.
For heating maintenance and more in Colorado Springs, CO, contact the friendly folks at Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning.