Al and Cal Homes and Community: A Reminder About Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Nicole's Law

A Reminder About Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Nicole's Law

A Reminder About Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Nicole's Law

We count our blessings.   My sweet niece and and her best friend are fortunate to have lived through an incident of carbon monoxide poisoning last weekend.    They spent some time in a  in hyperbaric chambers, and all is well.   

We are thankful to her BFF's folks for their quick recognition of the situation and of course the local  first responders for their immediate and competent response.  

As it hits close to home, I feel compelled to address this important topic again.   

Nicole's law was adopted in 2006 after young Nicole Garofalo succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of a heating vent being block by drifting snow.    The MA law calls for a home to have a CO detector on each finished level, a detector tor placed within 10 feet of the bedrooms.    

What makes Carbon Monoxide so deadly is that being colorless and odorless, it is hard to detect.  Fortunately we have detectors to let us know when we have exceeded the acceptable levels in a home.   Like many things, life has become easier with the invention of seemingly simple devices that let us know when something is a miss.  Heck, even my car now tells me if one of my tires has low pressure.    Unfortunately, we can easily fall complacent in trusting that they will always work.    If my tire goes flat, it's probably no big deal, but if the CO detector doesn't work it could be.

What should we do?   

  • Have the detectors.
  • Have them installed!
  • Check the batteries.
  • Periodically check to make sure they are functioning properly.

What else can we do?

  • Remember that machines fail.  
  •  Do not rely fully on them.   
  • Check our homes to make sure that vents are not blocked allowing this deadly gas to build up in your home.    When we think of CO building up we think of furnaces, car exhaust, dryer venting, stoves, ovens and water heaters, but that is not just it.    

Know the signs and symptoms

In last weekends episode, the parents of her friend recognized the symptoms as being dangerous acted quickly.  

Because CO is odorless and colorless people might not know they have been exposed.   Low to moderate CO poisoning symptoms are flu like (without the fever).  

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Higher levels of CO poisoning can result in

  • Mental confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of muscular coordination
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Ultimately death 

If you suspect CO poisening, get out into fresh air and call for help.   Do not forget that our pets can fall victim to this as well!


We were lucky and we know it.  

 Please watch out for this "silent killer".   




About the author


Carol-Ann Palmieri is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.


 A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.


Al and Cal Licensed in MA and RI...


 Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....


Her mission....  To exceed your expectations!


Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group



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Al and Cal Realty Group

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Comment balloon 7 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • March 23 2013 04:57AM


WOW nicely done and so so important to have the CO detector maintained and checked in your home

Posted by Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake, (Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH) over 7 years ago

Carol Ann: So good to hear your niece and her friend are doing well and an excellent reminder for all that have Carbon Monoxide Detectors to check and make sure they are in good working order.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) over 7 years ago

Carol Ann, we had a family last month in a luxury neighborhood that nearly lost their lives due to faulty carbon monoxide detectors...i will write a blog about my experience the other we take these detectors for granted...test every week & replace too!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Good morning Carol Ann,

Wow...close call for your niece and best friend. Your post is a good reminder that detectors cannot be taken for granted and need to be checked and replaced.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 7 years ago

Hi Stan.    Thank you.  


Hi Anita.   We are lucky and we know it.  Thanks.


Hi Ginny.   I look forward to reading your post.   Thanks.


Hi Dorie.    They are two very lucky gals.   A nice reality slap.   Thanks.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 7 years ago


i left a vcommnet but it disappeared and I realized it as it did not show on my page?? very Strange. I will suggest your blog and I happy your niece and her friend are OK. CO is something we all need to be aware of and stay allert of its dangers. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 7 years ago

Hi Bob.  Thanks.  I lost something I wrote yesterday and that hadn't happened before.  Strange.   Thanks for coming back.  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 7 years ago