According to a release from Susanville Chief of Police Jeff Atkinson, over the last few days the department has been answering inquiries regarding letters received by citizens relating to Senate Bill 183 and new Carbon Monoxide detector rules.
Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced from heaters, fireplaces, furnaces and many types of appliances and cooking devices. It can also be produced by vehicles that are idling.
SB 183, referred to as the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act, mandates that persons must install carbon monoxide detectors in all single family residences as of July, 2011. The legislation requires detectors be installed outside of each sleeping area.
The letters being received by people request that residents purchase carbon monoxide detectors for $76.00 or they may face the possibility of fines and/or penalties. Chief Atkinson explains that, “No governmental agencies are soliciting the purchase of carbon monoxide detectors.”
You can purchase a carbon monoxide detector from any hardware/retail outlet, some for as low as $20.00.
As always, residents should investigate all mail, including e-mail, solicitations carefully.
The California State Fire Marshal has created this frequently asked questions page on carbon monoxide devices to provide the citizens of California with information on this important matter.