Is Everyone You Are Responsible for Safe from CO Poisoning?
Sometimes we follow the law and think that we are protected. An example of this is last years CO (carbon monoxide) alarm law. You installed your CO alarm and that's done, check it off the list. But did you know that by the time that alarm has sounded the occupants could be injured by CO in your home? Do you know when it is time to replace the CO detector? It is usually 5-7 years depending on the manufacturer and model and year.
Whether you rent out your home as the landlord or live in your home you have a responsibility to for the occupants.
According to one CA attorney seeking people that have been injured by CO poisoning it kills over 5,000 people and 10,000 are injured by CO. I have not seen numbers that high on other sites so it is hard to tell what numbers are correct. If there was no money and instances of this poisoning, attorneys would not be advertising for this type of claim. Just google "california claims of carbon monoxide poisoning" and see the attorneys starting to advertise to file claims against people.
So what do you do?
As a professional home heating company we suggest annual safety inspections especially for furnaces over 12 years old. Think of a furnace as a car, at 12 years it is a pretty old model. It needs special care or even replacement to stay safe. During this inspection the service technician should be wearing a sensitive CO detector to not only protect themselves from cumulative exposure, but the occupant. Your furnace should be inspected with a goose neck camera to look inside your furnace to see the condition of the heat exchanger, attachments to the furnace should also be checked.
The wear and tear on furnaces can crease a leak in the heat exchanger allowing dangerous gasses to pass through to the customer's home. Do this as a home owner for peace of mind, do it as a landlord to have a record that at the time of the inspection there were no issues. Either way protect your family, yourself and your tenants.
See the video below for more information Cal.gov Cal Fire.