Silent Killer

You can’t see it, smell it, or taste it… but it can kill you… a gas known as the “silent killer”… carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by common household appliances such as gas water heaters, gas clothes dryers, gas cooking ranges, ovens or cook tops, wood burning stoves, charcoal grills, propane heaters, gas wall heaters.

Early symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue and are often mistaken for the flu because the deadly gas goes undetected in a home.

Advanced symptoms include confusion, depression, impaired judgment, hallucinations, agitation, vomiting, drowsiness, fainting, memory problems and visual changes.

California’s Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 (SB183) requires that all residential property be equipped with a CO detector outside sleeping areas and all levels of a house including basements.

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Glass in the House

When ordinary window plate glass is broken, it breaks into angular shards which are very sharp, and can seriously injury someone – not good.

When tempered safety glass is struck, it breaks into small pebble-like pieces (see photo), without sharp edges – a good thing.

Safety glass is now required in specified locations in houses including all door glass, most large windows which have their bottom edge less than 18 inches above the floor or ground, windows near doors, stairs and floors, and glass in showers and bathtub enclosures.

If you’re buying an older house, The House Whispererinspectors know where safety glass can make a difference in the house.

There is no requirement to retrofit these locations, but a greater margin of safety would be achieved by upgrading and installing safety glazing in these areas.

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