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Do You Really Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector?

burner flame Do You Really Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector? As a Chicago resident, you may be curious if CO detectors are actually necessary in your unit. Do you really need to have one or do you only need it if natural gas is used? Whether you’re a property manager, a unit owner or a tenant, there are some things you need to know about carbon monoxide detectors and whether they are truly needed in your property. Take a look at when they are needed, if your HOA needs to request them, or if you even have to be concerned with this...
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Are You Being Fire Safe in Your Condominium?

Prepared Are You Being Fire Safe in Your Condominium? As a resident of a Chicago condominium, you probably have certain safety measures in place. You most likely keep your doors locked, make sure you’re safe when heading out and you’re always making sure the windows are shut before you leave. But what about fire safety? Have you checked to make sure that your unit, and you, are ready should a fire break out? What about preventing fires? There are many tips you can utilize to fireproof your condo and make sure that you and your family are safe. You want to...
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Spring Fire Safety Checklist

spring Spring Fire Safety Checklist As a condominium owner in Chicago, it is very important to stay updated on the latest fire safety regulations and to ensure your building is safe. One way to do that is by making sure all your fire safety precautions are in place and working as they should every so often. Since spring is just around the corner, it’s time to do a fire safety check up on your condo. Make sure that your rental property in Chicago is prepared and fire safe with these areas in place. Check Smoke Detectors Remind all your tenants to...
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Understanding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide detector What is carbon monoxide poisoning? Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas commonly found in combustion fumes. Such fumes are created by burning gas, wood, propane, or charcoal. Not surprisingly, carbon monoxide poisoning is caused by breathing in too much carbon monoxide. Inhaling the fumes allows it to build up in your bloodstream, and it replaces the oxygen that your red blood cells need with harmful carbon monoxide molecules. Prolonged exposure to this odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas can lead to severe damage to one’s tissue and brain, and it can even lead to death. Carbon monoxide symptoms & signs Due...
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Requirements for carbon monoxide detectors in Chicago condo buildings

For a condo association, you will need a carbon monoxide detector installed in any room containing a heating unit that utilizes fossil fuel. (Refers to common areas only) For example, if your building has a centralized heating system that uses coal, natural gas, kerosene, oil, propane or wood as fuel, a carbon monoxide detector will be required in the same room as the heating system. The sections of the Chicago Building Code related to carbon monoxide detectors (that affect condo associations) are as follows: 13-64-280 Carbon monoxide detectors – Buildings heated by central fossil fuel powered heating unit. In every building...
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