A new state law, here in California, went into effect, which requires all existing single family homes to install carbon monoxide alarms. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless poison that can only be detected with an alarm. There have been way to many stories in the news on how entire families have died because of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. It’s so heartbreaking when you hear how these tragedies could have been prevented.
CO is a colorless, odorless gas that one cannot detect and is responsible for an average of 450 deaths and more than 20,000 emergency room visits in the U.S. annually. The California Air Resources Board cites 30 to 40 avoidable deaths annually statewide from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning.
Yet, many of us Californians apparently are not in a hurry to add this protection to their homes. According to the survey, only about half (53 percent) will equip their home within three months after the law takes effect. Some 14 percent plan to install alarms within six to 12 months, 4 percent within one to two years, 14 percent don’t know and remarkably 11 percent just won’t install CO alarms.
I have a confession to make. I don’t have a CO alarm. I never have! I always think about getting one as I see them at the stores, but brought myself to actually buying it. Now, I feel bad about not buying it! CO sources may include, but are not limited to, heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, appliances or cooking devices using coal, wood, petroleum products or other fuels emitting CO as a by-product of combustion.
With proper alarm coverage (the NFPA recommends one in every bedroom and sleeping area), CO poisoning is a completely avoidable incident. With that said, I have a giveaway for you!
There are (2) First Alert carbon monoxide alarms for you to win (value $34.99). CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS ONLY. Here is what you have to do:
- In a comment, tell me what kind of “safety” measures have you taken to protect your familia.
Here are your extra entries. Remember to leave a separate comment for each additional entry done.
Remember, you can always check out my Extra Entries page on the nav bar for more chances to win.
Giveaway ends Monday, July 25 at 12 noon(pst). CA residents only. Void where prohibited. (2) winners will be selected using Random (dot) org, and notified through email. Must be 18 years or older to participate. By entering the giveaway, you give me permission to send your info (if you should win) to the sponsoring company, who will ship the prize to you. Winner has 3 days to respond before I select another winner. Entries/Comments that do not follow the submission guidelines will not be counted.
This is not a paid post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I received (2) alarms to give away.