Tip of the Month - July 2006
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Source: (Nolo) Every Landlord’s Legal Guide (4)
By: Marcia Steward & Attorneys Ralph Warner & Janet Portman
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a
colorless, odorless, lethal gas. Unlike radon, whose deadly
effects work over time, CO can build up & kill within a matter of
hours. And, unlike any of the environmental Hazards discussed so far, CO cannot be covered up or managed.
When CO is inhaled, it enters the bloodstream
& replaces oxygen. Dizziness, nausea, confusion &
tiredness can result; high concentrations bring on unconsciousness,
brain damage & death. It is possible for someone to be
poisoned from CO while sleeping, without waking up. Needless to
say, a CO problem must be dealt with immediately.
Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Problems:
Check chimneys & appliance vents for blockages. In your rules & regulations, prohibit the indoor use of portable gas or charcoal grills. (Crossett R.E.Tip: Also prohibit any pourus heaters.)
Warn Tenants never to use a gas range, clothes dryer or oven for heating.
Check pilot lights of gas appliances as part of your regular
maintenance routine. They should show a clear blue flame; a
yellow or orange flame may indicate a problem. (Crossett
R.E. Tip: Make sure to have National Grid check the heat exchangers on
furnaces including but not limited to CO testing. Most all gas
appliances today have electronic ignitions.)
**All rental units should have a CO detector in addition to smoke alarms**
Detectors that are connected to the interior
wiring of the house & backed-up with emergency batteries are
page was updated on 07/06/2006.