Georgia Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements

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Frank Cooper, an Atlanta Home Inspector, lists the new state of Georgia Carbon Monoxide detector requirements and discusses carbon monoxide risks, symptoms of CO poisoning and how to avoid problems with carbon monoxide.

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Georgia Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements

  1. 1. Effective January 1, 2009, the State of Georgia adopted a new safety requirement that all New Construction Homes will have at least one carbon monoxide detector CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
  2. 2. Georgia Amendment R313.4 The new code requirement s: •Listed with ANSI/UL 2034 or CSA 6.19 and installed in accordance with manufacturer’s installation instructions. •May be battery operated •Not required to be interconnected •Listed combination smoke and CO detector is acceptable CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
  3. 3. Georgia Amendment R313.4.1 Location: Carbon Monoxide Detectors shall be installed in the general vicinity of each sleeping area. CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
  4. 4. What is Carbon Monoxide? •Invisible, odorless, colorless toxic gas •Leading cause of poisoning deaths in U.S. •Silent Killer – most victims don’t know they have CO poisoning •Replaces oxygen in the blood; organs & tissues fail CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
  5. 5. Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning •Early Symptoms can mimic flu •Fatigue, dizziness, headaches, vomiting, confusion and disorientation, trouble breathing, fainting, skin discoloration. CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
  6. 6. RECENT STUDY BY CDC (Centers for Disease Control) 41% of CO incidents occurred in winter , most in Holiday Season of December / January 73% of CO victims were exposed to CO in their own homes High percentage of CO incidents occurred with: gas furnaces, portable stoves, space heaters, gas powered generators, charcoal grills, automobiles & lawn equipment in garage, gas stoves / dryers. CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
  7. 7. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) •Recommends placement of CO detectors on every floor level of the home •Place near the ceiling •Install in sleeping areas •Locate near any major gas appliances •Do not place CO detector within 5 feet of gas burning appliances or in cooking areas CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
  8. 8. WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT CO POISONING •Move victim to a fresh air location such as outdoors •Turn off furnace or other sources of heat •Avoid possible source of CO until a professional investigates •Call 911 or contact local / state poison control center CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
  9. 9. PREVENTING CO POISONING •Install CO detectors •Service all gas appliances and have chimney inspected annually by a professional •Insure that gas appliance locations are well ventilated •Do not use space heaters or a fireplace while sleeping •Do not use oven / range for source of heat •Do not sleep inside a running car •No charcoal use inside home or tent •Don’t warm up car inside the garage even if the overhead door is open CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
  10. 10. RESOURCES State of Georgia Dept of Community Affairs www.dca.state.ga.us National Fire Protection Association www.nfpa.org Centers For Disease Control (CDC) www.cdc.gov/co Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) www.cpsc.gov ASHI Georgia www.ashigeorgia.com CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

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