Friday, June 24, 2011

Monoxide detectors: don't forget: it's the law...

If you have a rental property, and if you receive my monthly e-newsletter, you have probably already received about 6 months ago a note about this new law that has passed: you need a monoxide detector in the house as of the 1st of July.

Whereas in your own house, there is little chance to have an inspector come and check you out, you must remember if you rent a property out that it is mandatory.
Typically you would put a CO detector on each level of your house, near appliances that emit carbon monoxide (furnace, wall heater, stoves, etc... although other sources of carbon monoxide include cars - in a garage for instance, and fireplaces).  Where exactly should it go? it is advised to "follow the manufacturer's instructions".

Also, it is good to check with your City: some Cities have special requirements.  Here is the link to the City of Palo Alto smoke and Co detector requirements.

Carbon monoxide is particularly dangerous: it has no color and no odor. 
If you have an old furnace in your home, or a wall heater, you have a risk of having a source of CO leakage.
Detectors seemed to cost at least $45 or $50 about 6 months ago, but it is possible nowadays to find the units below $30.

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Thank you, have a great week-end!

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