Landlords in Illinois are responsible for providing a safe, healthy environment for their tenants to live in. This means taking reasonable measures to prevent a dangerous living situation, to maintain the premises and to repair known hazards. One of the common home dangers you and other residents may not think about is carbon monoxide poisoning.
According to the Mayo Clinic, carbon monoxide is a gas that is released into the air when certain fuels, such as propane, natural gas, charcoal and wood, are burned for heating, cooking and other uses. Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless and invisible. When released outside or into a properly ventilated space, this gas dissipates harmlessly. However, carbon monoxide buildup can be deadly if your ventilation system is compromised. For example, if you turn on your gas fireplace without knowing the flue is blocked, carbon monoxide can build up in your home without you knowing.
The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include a dull headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath and loss of consciousness. Often, victims succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning in their sleep. You are advised to get outside immediately and seek medical attention if you suspect you and your family have been exposed to harmful levels of carbon monoxide, as exposure can result in serious health complications.
In addition to providing functioning smoke detectors, your landlord should ensure you have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home. Property owners may be held liable for injuries or fatalities resulting from negligent property management.