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Carbon Monoxide Detectors Mandatory

Posted on November 4, 2014 by Ben Sage in Ben Sage, Home, Uncategorized

It is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week,  November 1-8, 2014.

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Local MPP Ernie Hardeman first introduced the bill after OPP officer Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and their two children died of carbon monoxide poisoning in their home in 2008.The family did not have a C-O detector in the house.Co-Chair, Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education, John Gignac says he has mixed emotions about the updated law.

More than 50 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning in Canada, including 11 on average in Ontario.

Carbon monoxide detectors will now be required near all sleeping areas in residential homes and in the service rooms, and adjacent sleeping areas in multi-residential units. Carbon monoxide alarms can be hardwired, battery-operated or plugged into the wall.

 

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless and colorless gas that can kill people before they realize it’s in their homes. CO is a by-product of incomplete combustion and comes from malfunctioning appliances, such as gas or oil furnaces, wood burning stoves and gas clothes dryers. When these appliances are not adequately ventilated, carbon monoxide can build up in the home to lethal levels.

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A carbon monoxide detector is designed to sound an alarm if it senses dangerously high CO levels in a short time. There are three different types of detectors on the market: plug-in, battery-operated and hardwired (connected to the home’s wiring system). A basic unit will cost less than $20. However, some detectors have features such as current CO-level displays or peak-CO memory buttons; others sound an 85-decibel horn in addition to emitting verbal warnings. Depending on the features, shoppers should expect to pay as much as $60 for these higher-end models.

To the surprise of many consumers, CO detectors have a finite lifespan. The sensors wear out within five to seven years, and the newest detectors come equipped with an end-of-life timer. At that point, the devices essentially self-destruct — beeping constantly until replaced.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled some CO detectors in the last couple of years, all hardwired units that must be professionally installed. In August 2012, the CPSC published a revised recall for ESL SafeAir 240-COE carbon monoxide hardwired alarms, updating model numbers involved in the recall. They were sold nationwide from November 2000 through October 2003. In 2011, the CPSC recalled ADT’s CO 1224T carbon monoxide detector, which was sold between October 2008 and December 2010, and certain GE Telaire Airestat CO2 and temperature sensors. Check the CPSC website for the most current recall info.

The best CO detectors are reliable, easy to install and test. We identified the best units by consulting professional testers and experts such as ConsumerReports.org and Bestcovery.com as well as individual owner reviews on sites such as Amazon.com, Viewpoints.com, Walmart.com, HomeDepot.com and Lowes.com.
First Alert CO615

Best plug-in carbon monoxide detector

The First Alert CO615 is an effective and easy-to-use plug-in carbon monoxide detector that can run on its battery backup during power outages. It is recommended by one professional testing organization and generally receives positive reviews from individual users. However, its poorly constructed battery cover frustrates many owners.
First Alert CO615
Pros

  • Plugs into any standard outlet
  • Can operate on battery backup
  • Extremely loud horn
  • Seven-year limited warranty
 Cons
  • CO level is not continuously displayed
  • Flimsy battery cover

First Alert CO-400

Battery-operated carbon monoxide detector

The First Alert CO-400 is a basic carbon monoxide detector that runs on two AA batteries, giving users more placement options than plug-in models. This is a good model for people who simply want to be alerted when carbon monoxide is detected. But owners who want more data from their units, such as current CO levels, should look elsewhere.

First Alert CO-400

Battery-operated carbon monoxide detector

 Pros
  • Easy to install
  • Placement flexibility
  • Runs on two AA batteries
  • Loud horn
 Cons
  • Battery door easily damaged
  • No CO level display

Kidde KN-COSM-B

Combination carbon monoxide smoke detector

The Kidde KN-COSM-B is a dual alarm, sensing for both smoke and carbon monoxide. Verbal warnings and a loud horn alert owners about the nature of the emergency. The unit runs on three AA batteries and is easy to install. It also fits on the older model’s mounting plate.

Kidde KN-COSM-B

Combination carbon monoxide smoke detector

 Pros
  • Voice warning alarm
  • Loud
  • Runs on three AA batteries
 Cons
  • No CO level display
  • Sensitive to cooking smoke
  • Rear-access battery compartment

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