On behalf of Kidde and the California Safe Homes Coalition, a survey was conducted by an independent research group, Qualtrics.
This survey revealed that majority of Californians are aware of installing residential carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in their homes, but approximately 46% of the residents have not installed the alarms in spite of the presence of garages and fuel-burning appliances. Kidde produces residential fire safety products and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, which in turn is a division of United Technologies. The survey was released on the first anniversary of California's law.
Approximately half of the respondents stated that they do not have enough time to install the alarms. One-third of the respondents believe that even though it is a safe way to detect the presence of CO, they do not require it.
Kevin Nida, President of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA), co-sponsor of Senate Bill 183, and also a supporter of the California Safe Homes Coalition, stated that many Californians have installed an alarm in their homes and have also realized the risk of CO poisoning. Nida urged some of the residents to install the alarms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CO is a major cause of accidental poisoning deaths and CO poisoning results in 700 hospitalizations and injuries according to the estimation of California officials. The main aim of the California's law is to protect families from CO and also to minimize casualties.
Chris Rovenstine, Vice President of Sales AND Marketing at Kidde, stated that the alarms are available across California. They can be easily installed and also low-cost. The alarms can be plugged into an electrical outlet, fixed on a wall, or operated by using a battery. They should be installed in sleeping areas and at all levels of the home.