What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a tasteless, colorless, odorless gas produced by burning fuel. Therefore, any fuel-burning appliance in your home is a potential CO source. When appliances are kept in good working condition, they produce little CO. Improperly operating appliances can produce fatal CO concentrations. Likewise, using charcoal indoors or running a car in a closed garage can cause CO poisoning.
What are the Symptoms of CO Poisoning?
Carbon monoxide can kill you. The initial symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu (but without fever). They include: dizziness, nausea, fatigue, irregular breathing, and headache. If you have any of these symptoms, and if you feel better when you go outside your home and symptoms reappear once you’re back inside, you may have CO poisoning.
What are the Requirements for CO Detectors?
California Senate Bill 183 requires CO alarms in all new and existing single and multifamily homes. For new construction and remodel requirements, contact the Huntington Beach Department of Planning and Building at (714)536-5271.
For existing buildings the requirements include:
What can you do?
o Decreasing hot water supply
o Inability of furnace to heat house or runs constantly
o Sooting, especially on appliances
o Unfamiliar or burning odor
CO detectors approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshal can be found here.
For information about Fire Department education programs, please see Safety Education.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors. You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed. This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.