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November 14th, 2008 By | News | Posted In: Environment

Covington Carbon Monoxide

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City Ordinances in Covington, KY require every residential rental property in the city to be equipped with “at least one approved carbon monoxide alarm in operating condition within 15 feet of every room that is used for sleeping purposes.”

According to an e-update newsletter distributed by the City of Covington, the owner of the property is required to provide and install all of the required alarms. This requirement includes providing alarm batteries, too, before a tenant moves in.

“Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Overview Carbon monoxide (sometimes referred to as CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced by burning material containing carbon,” says the newsletter. “Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause brain damage and death. You can't see it, smell it, or taste it; but carbon monoxide can kill you.”

Some other tid-bits provided include:

  • Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America. This odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas is known as the "Silent Killer." The Centers for Disease Control estimates that carbon monoxide poisoning claims nearly 500 lives, and causes more than 15,000 visits to hospital emergency departments annually.
  • Carbon monoxide is produced by common household appliances. When not properly ventilated, carbon monoxide emitted by these appliances can build up.
  • Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, such as headaches, nausea, and fatigue, are often mistaken for the flu because the deadly gas goes undetected in a home. Prolonged exposure can lead to brain damage and even death.

If you want to receive information like this and happenings in Covington, you can subscribe to the electronic news letter via this Web link.

 
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