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New law requires carbon monoxide detectors in homes

Cal Fire officials are reminding the public that starting today, July 1, state law requires carbon monoxide detectors to be installed in every home.

The new law requires all single-family homes with an attached garage or a fossil fuel source to install the alarm devices.

Fire officials said this new measure will save lives.

"Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, each year claiming the lives of an average of 480 people," state Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover said in a statement.

More than 20,000 people are sent to emergency rooms by the colorless, odorless gas, fire officials said.

Authorities say the best protection from carbon monoxide poisoning is to have a detector installed on every floor and outside each sleeping area.

More information on carbon monoxide poisoning prevention is available at www.fire.ca.gov.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of another community
on Jul 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm

What about apartment complexes and office buildings?


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Posted by Ted
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm

But I heard that if you're an illegal, the law doesn't apply to you.


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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 7, 2011 at 2:23 am

In further news, Mountain View's unbelievably visionary city council is considering requiring all residents to wear safety goggles when trimming their fingernails.

Meanwhile, Homeboy, with no employment prospects on the horizon and no possibility of advancement, sees this town as easy pickings, and drops down from East Palo Alto and Oaktown periodically to score a new iPod or some other gadget that nobody really needs.


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