As it gets colder, emergency responders brace for more calls
from people suffering from nausea, lethargy and other flu-like
"This is one of the times of year where we start to worry
about carbon monoxide poisoning."
Niko King is Assistant Chief of the Sacramento Fire
Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless, colorless gas that can
build up in spaces that don't have good ventilation. You can be
poisoned by breathing it. King says that's why you should install a
"These carbon monoxide detectors work really like a smoke
detector. You attach them on every level of the house, outside of
the sleeping areas and all they're going to do is whenever there's
an increased level of carbon monoxide that they're going to sound
just like a smoke detector would."
California already requires single-family housing units to
have working CO detectors installed.
Beginning January 1st, that requirement will extend
to condos and apartments.