Carbon Monoxide Detectors Now Mandatory in Calif. Homes

Here’s an important home safety development:

Did you know that as of July 1, all single family homes and dwelling units (e.g.
apartments) in California must be equipped with a carbon monoxide detector? If
you’re selling your home, inspectors will check for carbon monoxide detectors the
same way they check for smoke alarms, and if you don’t have one, you’ll have to
put one in.

But why wouldn’t you put one in anyway? Carbon Monoxide, or CO, is called the “silent killer” and for good reason.  It’s a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can make you sick or kill you if you get exposed to high levels.  CO is produced wherever fuel is burned, like stoves and heaters.  Dangerous CO levels occur when fuel-burning appliances aren’t working properly. CO poisoning kills hundreds of people in the U.S. each year and sends more than 20,000 people to emergency rooms.

CO detectors look and operate pretty much like smoke alarms.

If the amount of CO in your home reaches a dangerous level, an alarm is sounded so you can get to safety.

If you rent your home or apartment, tell your landlord he or she needs to put one in for you.  If you own, you can pick one up at your local hardware store.  They’re pretty inexpensive, which is good because you might need more than one depending on your home’s size and layout.  You can mount them yourself, but be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions for proper placement and installation.

You can get more information here: http://www.fire.ca.gov/communications/downloads/fact_sheets/CarbonMonoxide.pdf

And now a word or two about the Irvine project.

Demo is underway.  We’re moving ahead with the extra room off the family room so we knocked out the laundry room wall.

Back wall of laundry room demoed

Second bedroom, floors and closet doors removed

Living room fire place, floor removed

Ceiling beam in family room - gone

No floors, beaten up walls – looks kinda like a war zone, but hey, that’s demo.

We won’t be able to lower the floors on the main level after all.  It’s just as I suspected – not enough crawl space.  Now the dilemma is whether to raise the living room floor and have a low ceiling, or just leave the levels.  Thoughts, anyone?

Still have some more to go and then the fun part starts next week.  Stay tuned…

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