TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - It's often referred to as the silent killer; in fact, carbon monoxide is responsible for more than 400 deaths in the U.S each year according to the CDC.
That's why the State of Ohio is cracking down and requiring more buildings, especially those that contain fuel-burning appliances, to install life-saving carbon monoxide detectors. It's a part of a change to the state's fire code that went into effect on January 1, 2019.
Some places impacted include apartments, schools, rehab facilities, day cares, hotels, dorms and many more.
"We recommend to have carbon monoxide detectors just as smoke alarms: on every level and in sleeping areas. It's that important," Pvt Sterling Rahe said.
Carbon monoxide is often dubbed the silent killer. It's a colorless, odorless gas produced from burning natural gas, oil and wood. Without proper ventilation, it could be deadly.
"It can at minimum make people ill and at worse can kill people," Pvt Rahe added.
Fire officials can't stress it enough: these alarms could save your life.
"This is something you won't see. You won't tastes. You don't hear. It'll creep in, and without that detector, a lot of times it goes undetected," Pvt Rahe said.
The changes went into effect on January 1, 2019, but there is a one month grace period to comply.
13abc reached out to the executive vice president of the Northern Ohio Apartment Association, and he said this change did not sneak up on him. He said him and his team have taken all of the necessary steps to comply with the revisions of the Ohio fire code.
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