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Fire officials warn of carbon monoxide detector scam

August 25, 2011 |  3:17 pm

Officials are warning residents of a scam to sell overpriced carbon monoxide detectors. The scammers send out mail solicitations directing residents to buy a detector from them or face fines under SB 183.

That legislation does require the detectors in all single-family residences, but no public agency is pressuring consumers to buy a particular product, said officials from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

“Carbon monoxide detectors are readily available at most home improvement stores or larger retail outlets for approximately $20,” the department noted in a Thursday release. “Consumers are advised to carefully investigate all mail solicitations and respond cautiously.”

Although the mail solicitation is a deceptive moneymaking scheme, installing the detectors remains a safety and legal imperative, officials said.

“Hundreds of people die accidentally every year from carbon monoxide poisoning,” according to the county. “A carbon monoxide detector will significantly reduce your family’s risk of accidental death from carbon monoxide poisoning.”
 
More information on carbon monoxide detectors can be found at the county Fire Department’s website.

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