The Belmont Fire Protection District wants to remind residents of the importance of Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors in the home. Accordingly to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost two-thirds of home fire deaths in 2005-2009 resulted from fires in the home with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. For more information on how to install and maintain a smoke detector click here.
In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 80,100 non-fire CO incidents in which carbon monoxide was found, or an average of nine such calls per hour. In California, the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act which went into effect July 1, 2011 requires all single-family homes with an attached garage of a fossil fuel source to install carbon monoxide alarms within the home. For more information on how to install and maintain a carbon monoxide detector click here.