Something you cannot live without

4 thoughts on “Something you cannot live without”

  1. Why are there so many CO-related deaths in Colorado? Does it have to do with the way houses are built in the state? I’m just wondering.

    [I lived here for five years and these are the first I’ve heard of in that time. We do have cold winters, so lots of heat running in buildings zipped up tight against cold, snow, and wind by very green, energy-conscious residents. That’s just my theory.]

  2. In response to leafless: I don’t have facts, but I think that maybe Colorado doesn’t have very tight regulations on landlords that require the detectors. Other states may be more strict. Growing up in Illinois, my parents had a CO detector installed, although I can’t say I know if it is required.

    It is worth sharing that CO can be completely eliminated by eliminating fuel-based heat. Building or buying a house that is heated completely by electricity not only eliminates CO, but can sometimes be cheaper and cleaner, depending on the source of the electricity.

    [Colorado now has legislation pending that will, as I understand it, require the detectors be installed in new homes, all apartments, and older homes being offered for sale. Similar legislation was defeated last year. Whether or not a law is passed, a detector seems like cheap insurance.

    I came across a Denver Post article that said there are some 500 (not the 250 I cited above) carbon monoxide poisoning deaths in the US every year, with 8 in Colorado last year. Perhaps the recent incidents are getting more publicity because an entire family died in Aspen.]

  3. We have one too – ya see too many stories on the news of whole families being wiped out because they didn’t have one. I’d say its a good investment, huh? Yeah. For sure.

    [Don’t know why these things aren’t as standard as smoke detectors.]

... and that's my two cents