Have you ever came home to annoying beep? It might be time to replace your CO alarm.
In July 2011, the California Senate passed the “Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act,” which required residents to install CO alarms in their home. If you installed a new CO alarm in 2011, it might be time to replace it.
The City of Santa Barbara says CO alarm sensors have a limited lifespan and should be replaced if one was installed about 7 years ago.
When a CO alarm nears its expiration, the end-of-life indicator will sound and in it’s important to remember that changing the battery will not stop the end-of-life beeping.
CO is a colorless, orderless, and tasteless poisonous gas that can be fatal when inhaled. Mild exposure symptoms can include a slight headache, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. Extreme exposure can cause convulsions, unconsciousness, brain damage, heart and lung failure followed by death.