(SB 183- Residential Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act)
Under the new law California homeowners will be required to install carbon monoxide detectors starting in july 2011. The bill requires that alarm devices be installed in existing single-family homes that have a fossil-fuel burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.
BUYER BEWARE: All carbon monoxide monitors are not created equal. Although an inexpensive device will pass the new law, it is important that consumers read the fine print before making a purchase. Most CO monitors on the market have warnings that they can not protect the very old, very young, or those with compromised imune systems due to the fact they don’t sound an alarm until the carbon monoxide has reached very dangerous levels. ASI Hastings recommends it’s customers purchase a “Low Level” carbon monoxide alarm, such as the NSI 3000, that will sound then the readings are as low as 5 parts per million