Carbon Monoxide detector law coming soon

January 29, 2010 3:00:56 PM PST
Carbon Monoxide is often called the "silent killer". A new law begins in New York State on February 23rd that could ease the dangers, and make a difference between life and death.

Every home in the state will be required to have a carbon monoxide detector.

In Eyewitness News' 12 years taking part in "Operation 7: Save a Life," we've handed out nearly 600,000 kid friendly smoke detectors, to people who otherwise couldn't afford them.

New York City already has a carbon monoxide detector law. Now the state will have one too.

In keeping with the, "you're never to young to learn" theme, there's a carbon monoxide detector that speaks to kids, literally.

A detector with a voice often better directs children on what to do and alerts them as to what exactly the problem is.

It is a busy time for Kenneth Richmond and the rest of the staff at Home Depot.

"We at Home Depot are seeing a large influx of people coming to buy carbon monoxide detectors since they know the law is going to take effect February 23rd of this year," said Richmond.

The new law covers all of New York State, and educating customers is becoming an urgent issue.

While our cameras were still in the store, one woman actually came back to reveal that one detector at home had been beeping.

Beeping could mean that the device detected carbon monoxide in her home.

"Carbon monoxide is so dangerous because it is like a silent killer. You can't smell it, you can't taste it, you can't see it. Any furnace, a stove or even in your garage if your car is running, any combustible engine will cause carbon monoxide levels," explained Richmond.

As a consumer, there's a wide array of carbon monoxide detectors.

Richardson demonstrated four of them for us.

One of them will just ring.

The second will buzz and tell in a spoken voice that your carbon monoxide levels are high.

The second is good for people that are a little older and for kids that might not understand what a beeping detector means.

The third will repeat itself every 15 seconds in a spoken voice that the carbon monoxide levels are high.

And the fourth, actually keeps a history of how much carbon monoxide is in the room at all times.

If you cannot remember the last time you bought a carbon monoxide detector, it's probably time to get a new one.

For more fire safety and prevention information, tune into "Operation 7: Save a Life" on Channel 7 at 7:30 Saturday evening.