Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors have been proven to save lives! Are your batteries good? Test them every month.
Smoke alarms are available from the EPVFD at no charge.
Colorado does not have a state law requiring smoke alarms in residential occupancies. However, the vast majority of local jurisdictions have adopted the International Code set, which requires residential occupancies to be equipped with smoke alarms. America’s fire death rate is one of the highest per capita in the industrialized world. Fire kills approximately 3,000 and injures approximately 20,000 people each year. The majority of deaths are in homes without a working smoke alarm. A smoke alarm greatly reduces your chances of dying in a fire. For more information, please view The United States Fire Administration State-by-State Residential Smoke Alarm Requirements (FEMA) at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/campaigns/smokealarms/smoke_alarm_requirements.pdf
Carbon Monoxide Detectors:
A carbon monoxide detector or CO detector is a device that detects the presence of the carbon monoxide (CO) gas in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. CO is a colorless and odorless compound produced by incomplete combustion. It is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it is virtually undetectable without using detection technology. Elevated levels of CO can be dangerous to humans depending on the amount present and length of exposure. Smaller concentrations can be harmful over longer periods of time while increasing concentrations require diminishing exposure times to be harmful.
CO detectors are designed to measure CO levels over time and sound an alarm before dangerous levels of CO accumulate in an environment, giving people adequate warning to safely ventilate the area or evacuate.
To view the Colorado Carbon Monoxide Law, visit http://www.denvergov.org/NewColoradoCarbonMonoxideLaw/tabid/436157/Default.aspx