September 4, 2002
EMERGENCY CALLS FOR CARBON MONOXIDEON TRACK TO TRIPLE IN LAW'S FIRST TWO YEARSSeptember 6, 2002 Anniversary of Board of County Commissioners' Decision
Charlotte, NC – Two years ago this week, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance that has possibly saved dozens, if not hundreds, of lives. The ordinance requires carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in any home with a fossil fuel burning furnace or appliance, or an attached garage. The ordinance also requires the alarms in all day care facilities. The Board approved the law after the carbon monoxide deaths of four people in a condominium complex in 1999.
Since the ordinance went into effect January 1, 2001, hundreds of citizens have called 911 to report an activated CO alarm. In fact, the number has nearly tripled since the ordinance went into effect.
2000 2001 2002 (Jan – June)
City of Charlotte 275 617 432 Mecklenburg County 99 162 100 Total 374 779 532
Carbon monoxide alarms are available at most home improvement, hardware or discount stores. Prices range from $20 - $40. The Mecklenburg County Health Department offers these tips for installation of your carbon monoxide alarm:
Any Mecklenburg County resident who cannot afford to purchase a carbon monoxide alarm is encouraged to call 704-336-7600 to apply for a free alarm through the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal's Office. For more information on the carbon monoxide ordinance, check the Web site