The Codes Corner: Carbon Monoxide poisoning - the silent killer

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is known as "the silent killer." You can't smell it, taste it or see it, yet it kills nearly 300 people each year according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. CO is a deadly gas that is produced by fuel-burning equipment such as wood stoves, furnaces, water heaters and kerosene space heaters.

Having your chimney and heating system checked each year can not only make them more efficient and reliable, but avoid the dangers caused by a plugged chimney or malfunctioning heating unit.

New laws governing the requirement and location of CO alarms were passed last year by New York State and apply to buildings regardless of age. A CO alarm must be on every story containing a sleeping area and within 15' of a sleeping room, on each floor that has a CO producing source and within every sleeping area that contains a CO source.

The Village of Baldwinsville Code Department will be glad to answer any questions or help you locate the required locations of CO or smoke alarms.

Ronald W. Dean is the code enforcement officer for the Village of Baldwinsville. To contact Dean, call 635-2481 or e-mail rdean@baldwinsville.org.

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