Deadly gas detectors not mandated in public Georgia facilities

After three people were found dead and a fourth was found unresponsive in the same North Carolina hotel room in two separate carbon monoxide poisoning incidents just weeks apart from each other, many are asking why there wasn't a nearby detector installed.

Albany Fire Department officials say in some states, only newer-model private residential homes are required to have a working carbon monoxide detector inside, and Georgia is one of them.

Public buildings like hotels aren't mandated by law to install anything other than fire alarms and a sprinkler system, and officials say this is okay if they're run fully on electric.

Safety is compromised, however when there are gas-powered appliances like water heaters and stoves, which can emit the odorless and colorless gas without warning.

Officials say if you have any gas-powered items in your home or residence, it's a safe choice to make sure you have a working detector because it only takes an hour or two to cause serious damage and the noticeable symptoms are usually confused with something less serious.

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