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Carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless, odorless gas, is often called the “silent killer” because it claims the lives of nearly 500 people a year in California and puts nearly 20,000 people in the hospital, reports Acting State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Also troubling, according to a June 6, 2011 article in the Contra Costa Times, is that a recent study conducted by First Alert found that nearly nine out of 10 California households were not in compliance with the national recommendation for the number of carbon monoxide detectors required in a home.
A new California law going into effect on July 1, 2011 vows to change that. Beginning on July 1, California’s SB 183 will require