Keep Your Family Safe with a Carbon Monoxide Monitor


Out here in California, we’re hearing a lot these days about the dangers of carbon monoxide and the importance of (and now a new legal requirement for) installing CO alarms. The new California law is designed to help protect families from what’s often called a “silent killer”.

To help protect your family take note of the following steps:

  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm on each floor and near sleeping areas.  CO alarms are the best defense against this silent killer. They are designed to alert residents before they are exposed to harmful levels, allowing them to exit their residence and get help. At less than $30, these alarms, which may look similar to a smoke alarm, are a smart investment in your health and the health of your loved ones.
  • Have your fuel burning appliances and fireplaces checked by a professional to ensure they are working properly and are properly vented.
  • Do not use gas generators inside a home or garage, or outside near a window where fumes may seep into the home.
  • Keep barbeque grills outside.  Do not use them in your garage or inside your home for cooking, or as an alternative heater.

To help families learn about the new law, California kids between ages six and twelve are being called to take part in a poster contest and have the chance to win some terrific prizes. But truthfully, this is a topic all families should be addressing regardless of where you live. Learn more about carbon monoxide facts and safety here.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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