Where is Carbon Monoxide Detection the Law?

Wilmington residents: Do you have carbon monoxide detection in your security system? If not, did you know that the city of Wilmington has an ordinance requiring all residential buildings to be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms? According to City Code Sec. 34-232, this is a rule for all homes – not just new construction.

Where is Carbon Monoxide Detection the Law

If you are a resident of Wilmington and your home is not in compliance, the New Year is the time to make it happen. Ask our Delaware home security professionals about integrating CO detection into your existing home security system, so you can be notified with an audible alarm that will alert your family to the presence of carbon monoxide.

Remember, carbon monoxide is an odorless, undetectable gas. You don’t know it’s there until you have breathed in enough to start experiencing symptoms, and if you are asleep while breathing it in, you may never wake up. In fact, there are approximately 170 such deaths from carbon monoxide in the United States each year.

That’s why it is imperative to make sure the following gas appliances are working properly in your home:

  • Furnaces
  • Clothes dryers
  • Ovens/ranges
  • Water heaters
  • Space heaters
  • Gas fireplaces

If anything is preventing the combustion cycle from completing, such as a blocked vent, that could lead to a carbon monoxide leak in the home. Additionally: Never burn charcoal or run a gas generator inside the home, never leave your oven open for heating the home, and always close the glass door on your fireplace after cleaning. These are the practices that have landed people in the hospital (or worse) due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Our Delaware home security company wants everyone to be safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide. Whether or not you reside in Wilmington, ask us today about carbon monoxide detection for your security system.