Why Carbon Monoxide Detectors are Now Required in Iowa

Why Carbon Monoxide Detectors are Now Required in Iowa

July 06, 2018 at 4:15 PM

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Back in 2016, former governor Terry Branstad signed a law that requires all homes and apartments to have carbon monoxide detectors as of July 1, 2018. Anyone living in a space that uses fuel-burning heaters, fireplaces, garages, and gas stoves are now required by law to have CO detectors.


No doubt Branstad was thinking about the almost 400 people who died from CO poisoning in 2015 (according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention) when he signed the requirement into law.


Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors Now


Carbon monoxide alarms are easy to install because you don’t have to do a thing! A professional home security team such as Hawkeye Communication will come to your apartment or home in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, or Iowa City and install it for you. Our experienced team will hide all the wires and place the detectors in the code-required places in your home.


Recognizing the Signs of CO Poisoning


Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas that can cause severe brain damage, coronary problems, and death. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea, vomiting, and weakness.


Common Household Culprits


Carbon monoxide is a silent and deadly substance that you should take seriously. Detectors and alarm systems from renowned companies such as Honeywell really do pick up on dangerous leaks.


Furnaces, gas stoves, water heaters, and boilers are the common culprits for CO leaks. You should also be cautious of your garage since running vehicles lead to CO build-up that reaches dangerous levels when there’s inadequate ventilation.


Get an All-in-One Solution


Did you know that there are combination systems available on today’s market that detect both fires and carbon monoxide levels? In 2017, Honeywell released their professionally installed and monitored wireless combination system that detects smoke and CO.


The system is easy for certified teams to install and protects households from multiple dangers. One of the features that homeowners enjoy the most is the central monitoring system.


Called the 5800COMBO, the dual-detection system has a built-in transmitter that allows central stations outside the home to monitor levels inside the home (i.e. smoke and CO gas). The system will also monitor for maintenance conditions. When a threat occurs, the system will alert the occupants to the danger and transmits a smoke or CO alarm signal to the panel when the smoke is detected.


An Easy-to-Use Solution


The 5800COMBO uses voice and visual display to notify you of dangerous gas levels in your home. Voice notifications will announce threats and actions that should be taken. A multi-color LED light ring that can be seen from all sides and angles will also notify occupants of the danger.


Install Your System Today


Now is the time to have your carbon monoxide detector installed. Choosing a Honeywell system such as the 5800COMBO is the perfect way to fulfill Iowa law requirements and monitor your home for fire smoke and carbon monoxide levels.


Call the team at Hawkeye Communication today to have your detection system installed before winter sets in. We’d be happy to visit your home in Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Iowa City, or Waterloo and give you a quote.