DHA installs carbon monoxide detectors at Residential Communities properties

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas that is odorless, colorless and tasteless. CO is found in fumes produced any time fuel is burning in cars, trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, or fuel burning furnaces. CO can build up indoors and is poisonous to people and animals who breathe it.

Most properties owned and operated by DHA are all electric. All electric dwelling units have no fuel burning appliances and do not emit CO and therefore present no exposure to CO, so those units will not have the detectors installed. In all units equipped with natural gas fuel burning appliances, DHA is installing carbon monoxide detectors. These detectors are designed to sound an alarm warning the residents if CO is detected in their dwelling unit.

Although the installation of CO detectors is not required, to better protect our residents from CO, DHA invested in the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in all of its Residential Communities dwelling units that have fuel burning appliances or attached garages. The installation process has started now and is expected to be complete by October 2019. DHA also routinely inspects the heating system, hot water and cooking ranges in fuel burning dwelling units to ensure that these fuel burning systems are working properly.

DHA has assessed the situation and deemed the installation of CO detectors in all units equipped with natural gas fuel burning appliances to be a best practice when it comes to safety. We are always investing in ways to make DHA housing safer for our residents and this is another important investment.

If you have any questions about the carbon monoxide detector installation project, please contact: Shannon Bramlet, Housing Operations Director at shannon.bramlet@dhatx.com.


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