Smoke and Carbon Monoxide
Detectors Save Lives
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Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be produced by combustion. Carbon monoxide in an enclosed space interferes with the blood's ability to absorb oxygen and can be deadly. You cannot smell, taste, or feel carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide causes disorientation. By the time you start to become aware that something is wrong, it may be too late. It is recommended that carbon monoxide detectors be present in all homes and buildings.
Your local Fire Department may be able to provide additional information on carbon monoxide detectors.
The State of New York passed Amanda's Law, which took affect on February 22, 2010. Amanda's law has specific requirements for carbon monoxide detectors. On February 22, 2014, one man was killed and others sent to the hospital, reportedly because of carbon monoxide poisoning from an improperly functioning hot water heater vent pipe in a Huntington, New York restaurant. This incident emphasizes the need to have functioning carbon monoxide detectors in all homes and buildings.
Carbon monoxide detectors have a limited lifespan, usually estimated at five years. Carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every five years.
If your carbon monoxide detector needs a new battery, replace it now.
Smoke and fire detectors provide an early warning of a fire, often before you detect the fire using your senses. A properly functioning smoke detector may be the difference between life and death.
Fire spreads rapidly. This video showing rapid fire spread will give you an idea of how quickly a fire spreads. This should convince you of the need for functioning smoke detectors. Functional smoke detectors save lives and should be present in all homes and buildings.
Smoke detectors have a limited lifespan, usually estimated at 10 years. Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years.
If your smoke detector needs a new battery, replace it now.
Smoke and Carbon
Too many homes and buildings have non-functioning and carbon monoxide detectors. When the batteries run low, some people remove the batteries and leave non-functional detectors. Make sure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors remain functional at all times. Test these units according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
The City of New York Fire Department has an online publication on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The City of New York Fire Department estimates in this online publication that one-third of these devices do not work.
Home Inspections and
Smoke and Carbon
As important as these life safety devices are, checking for their presence and proper operation is not part of a pre-purchase inspection. Even if the devices are present, there is no way to assure they will be functioning when you purchase a property. Make sure that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning the day you move in. Just because you see a smoke or carbon monoxide detector in a building, do not assume it works.
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Heimer Engineering℠ is happy to help you. Senior Staff members are available Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. After 5 PM, please leave a message. Messages are checked during the day on Sunday, and Sunday evening through Thursday evening. Inspections are performed seven days a week.
Heimer Engineering's℠ inspection fees are competitive with non-Engineer's fees, especially when you consider that many non-Engineers charge extra for termite inspections, swimming pools, etc.
Inspection orders are taken by senior staff members. A real estate purchase is complex and you should be able to speak with someone who can answer your inspection questions.
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