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New Laws for CO Detectors for Oregon & Washington

New Rules for Carbon Monoxide Detectors will affect Oregon and Washington homeowners in 2011.

Both the Oregon and Washington legislatures have passed laws that will affect new home construction and the purchase or sale of existing homes. Carbon Monoxide poisoning affects thousands every year, and the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) detectors will by mandated in Oregon by April 1, 2011 in Oregon, and July 1, 2011 in Washington.

In Oregon , the sale or a one and two family dwelling with a carbon monoxide “source” will require a “properly functioning carbon monoxide alarm” on or after April 1, 2011, and in Washington state “Existing dwellings shall be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms by July 1, 2011.

Carbon monoxide detectors can be added to most existing security alarm systems. Detectors are available either hard-wired or wireless, but the number, location and type should be evaluated and installed by a licensed professionals alarm installer.

Although there has been little publicity about these new requirements, it is expected that building code inspectors will begin enforcement of these new requirements starting with the effective dates in each state.

Personal Safety Tips

I recommend self defense classes for everyone.  I feel it is important to know what to do in a situation where you are being threatened,  this can come about very quickly and you will need to react without having to think.  So being prepared is paramount. I help teach self defense classes with both Sifu Mark Moy (Moy Martial Arts) and Sifu Jim Sanborn (Clark College & WSU).  You can check them out or contact me (Monica) at Security Professionals for further information on this.

If you have a specific threat from someone then do not hesitate to call authorities.  You should also employ appropriate  safety precautions for your situation.  Again the above people train you for these situations.

That being said these tips are for general everyday situations, to make yourself less vulnerable.  I’m sure I haven’t covered everything, so use this as a starting point.  Keep yourself well informed and aware.

1) Be aware of your surroundings.

  • If you wear headphones don’t have them too loud.  Even then be aware that it will diminish your ability to hear what is going on around you.
  • Crossing the street, even with a walk sign, check for cars.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to stop in the middle of the street because some driver didn’t see me crossing, hustle it to get out of the way of a car that came zooming out of no where, or turned into where I was crossing.  Even when there were multiple people.  Crazy I know.
  • When turning a corner (on foot)  don’t cut the corner too close, you don’t know if someone is coming around it from the other side.
  • If passing a darkened area, such as an ally or doorway, give it a wide birth at least 3 feet.

2) Keep an emergency kit in your car.  If you go up to the mountains carry blankets, or extra coats.  In a metal coffee carry matches, candles or Sterno (melt the snow in the coffee can to drink), energy bars, flash light, a large piece of paper and a marker (to post a sign for help).  Flares are a good thing as well.  I also have a first aid kit in my car, which I use more then I would have expected.

3) If you do get stuck, be careful not to run your car for extended periods of time, not only will you run out of gas, but the fumes get into your car and can kill you.

4) Respect your intuition.  If a place gives you the creeps, steer clear of it.  If a person makes you uncomfortable, leave.  Don’t let people guilt you into things like a date or a ride.  This is where the books below will come in handy.

5) Recommended reading:  The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker,  Emotional Vampire by Albert J. Bernstein

Home Safety Tips

These may seem simple but it’s a good place to start.

1) Keep your doors locked.  It’s surprising how many people forget this simple thing.

2) Keep any garage doors locked and the door from your garage that enters into your house locked.  It’s an added layer of protection if a burglar manages to get into the garage.  If they get into the garage they can work for as long as they want without worry of being seen by a neighbor.

3) Always lock your car, even if it’s in your garage.  Some people think that because their garage is locked they can safely leave their keys in the ignition.  However if someone gets into your garage, you’ve just handed them the keys to your car, your house, and whatever else you have of value.

4) Install motion detector lights above doors.  Criminals don’t like to be noticed, so if a light comes one every time they approach your house, they will probably look else where; your house is no longer an easy mark.  For added protection, to eliminate hiding places on your property, add motion detector lights to areas that are especially dark & shadowed at night.

5) Install a security system.  You can install one that isn’t monitored of course, but monitoring has some big advantages.

  • If our monitoring station gets an alarm, someone will be notified.  It can be the authorities, or it can be yourself to start.  We will work with you so it suits your needs.
  • Most systems have emergency buttons on the keypad for police, medical & fire. The system doesn’t have to be armed to use these features either.  We can also add personal panic buttons that work with your system.
  • If you chose to have monitored smoke detectors, then even if you’re not home we can send the fire department if a fire signal is received.
  • Most insurance companies offer discounts for monitored security and fire systems.
  • If you are on vacation, you don’t have to depend solely on your neighbors vigilance to keep your home secure.

Security Professionals LLC, Security Control Equipment & System Monitors, Vancouver, WA