Why I need a carbon monoxide detector?
Massachusetts Law requires all residential occupancy to have carbon monoxide detectors installed if they have a fossil fuel burning appliance or an attached garage. Fossil fuel burning appliances are oil and gas burners/ furnaces, wood stoves and pellet stoves just to name a few.

Fossil fuel appliances and motor vehicles produce carbon monoxide as products of the combustion process. Usually, these products of combustion are exhausted by a flue pipe or chimney, but if the vent gets blocked in any way, these gasses may back up into the house.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas and cannot be picked up by the human senses. The only way to determine if carbon monoxide is present is by a carbon monoxide detector or by a special metering device used by the Fire Department.

Exposure to carbon monoxide may produce serious health effects or death.

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1. Why are house numbers so important?
2. Why do my smoke detectors “chirp” sometimes?
3. Why I need a carbon monoxide detector?
4. My smoke detectors sound every time I take a shower or cook in the kitchen, what can I do?