Detection relies on carbon monoxide alarms, which the Senate State Government Committee has voted to require in multiple-unit residential buildings and single-family dwellings (SSB 3017). This requirement, similar to Iowa’s current law for installation of smoke detectors, would takes effect July 1, 2017.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be caused by:
- Poorly maintained or unvented heating equipment
- Warming up vehicles in enclosed spaces
- Using a gas stove or oven
- Blocked chimneys or heating exhaust vents
Prevention measures include:
- Having gas, oil or coal burning appliances serviced annually.
- Installing a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector near all sleeping areas, and replacing the battery twice a year.
- Seeking prompt medical attention if carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected.
- Not using a gasoline or charcoal burning device in an enclosed space.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning’s Impact in Iowa 2010-2014. Year # of Deaths # of Hospitalizations # Emergency Department Visits 2010 13 34 353 2011 17 35 266 2012 12 35 223 2013 10 42 308 2014 21 24 241