Carbon Monoxide Threat

Bill Bergstedt
Certified Master Home Inspector
Inspecting in California and Nevada
530-577-7811 (office)  


It is imperative to have a professional certified home inspection to reveal any possibility of a carbon monoxide leak.

Heating systems, venting, distribution systems, cooling systems, energy sources and connections.  The availability of outside combustion air and venting systems is extremely important.  Although HVAC units and water heaters are vital to your comfort, they are also potentially lethal.  CARBON MONOXIDE IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF ACCIDENTAL POISONING IN THE U.S.

SACRAMENTO – On Friday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 183 into law, requiring that alarm devices be installed in California’s existing single-family homes by mid-2011.

This legislation brings the Golden State in-line with other states and municipalities nationwide that have enacted laws to help protect residents from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning including New York, Minnesota and Illinois.

Claiming hundreds of lives each year, CO is the number one cause of accidental poisoning in the United States. Colorless and odorless, carbon monoxide is virtually impossible to detect without a CO alarm. A 2009 study conducted by First Alert revealed that nearly half (47 percent) of U.S. households are not equipped with these lifesaving devices. The California Air Resources Board also sites 30 to 40 “avoidable deaths” each year in California due to unintentional CO poisoning.