How To Make Sure Your Rental Home Is Safe From Carbon Monoxide And Fire | TODAY


>>HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF?
TODAYS JEFF ROSSEN IS HERE WITH TODAYS JEFF ROSSEN IS HERE WITH MORE ON THIS.
>>Reporter: GOOD MORNING TO>>Reporter: GOOD MORNING TO
YOU. YOU. THIS FAMILY COULD BE ANY OF US, THIS FAMILY COULD BE ANY OF US, RENT AGO CONDO OR A HOUSE FOR RENT AGO CONDO OR A HOUSE FOR VACATION. VACATION. OFFICIALS NOW BELIEVE TOXIC GAS
LEAKS INSIDE THE HOME, ANDC GAS LEAKS INSIDE THE HOME, AND
KILLED THEM. KILLED THEM.
NO WARNING AT ALL. NO WARNING AT ALL.
IT TURNS OUT, WHEN YOU RENT A IT TURNS OUT, WHEN YOU RENT A VACATION HOME, WEBSITES LIKE VACATION HOME, WEBSITES LIKE VRBO ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE VRBO ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONDITION OF THE PROPERTY. CONDITION OF THE PROPERTY. THAT MEANS IT ALL COMES DOWN ON
YOU. MEANS IT ALL COMES DOWN ON YOU. SO THIS MORNING, WITH SPRING
BREAK IN FULL SWING, WERE ABOUT BREAK IN FULL SWING, WERE ABOUT
TO SHOW YOU THE TOP THREE THINGS TO SHOW YOU THE TOP THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD DO THE MOMENT YOU YOU SHOULD DO THE MOMENT YOU WALK IN THE DOOR. WALK IN THE DOOR. IT WAS A FAMILY VACATION TO IT WAS A FAMILY VACATION TO PARADISE. PARADISE. BUT WHAT HAPPENED INSIDE THIS BUT WHAT HAPPENED INSIDE THIS CONDO WOULD BE THE END FOR THE CONDO WOULD BE THE END FOR THE SHARPS, A FATHER, MOTHER AND
THEIR TWO YOUNG CHILDREN.AND THEIR TWO YOUNG CHILDREN.
INVESTIGATORS IN MEXICO NOW INVESTIGATORS IN MEXICO NOW
CONFIRMING IT WAS TOXIC GAS CONFIRMING IT WAS TOXIC GAS
LEAKING FROM A FAULTY WATER LEAKING FROM A FAULTY WATER
HEATER THAT KILLED THEM. HEATER THAT KILLED THEM. THEYD HAVE NO IDEA BEFORE
FALLING UNCONSCIOUS.EFORE FALLING UNCONSCIOUS.
>>I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT>>I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT
THEY WERE A WONDERFUL FAMILY. THEY WERE A WONDERFUL FAMILY.
I HAD A BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER AND I HAD A BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER AND BEAUTIFUL GRAND KIDS. BEAUTIFUL GRAND KIDS. AND A GREAT SON-IN-LAW. AND A GREAT SON-IN-LAW. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT.>>Reporter: TOXIC GAS WAS
LIKELY CARBON MONOXIDE,WAS LIKELY CARBON MONOXIDE,
TASTELESS, ODORLESS, AND TASTELESS, ODORLESS, AND
INVISIBLE. INVISIBLE. HOW CAN YOU TELL IF THE WATER
HEATER IS LEAKING?F THE WATER HEATER IS LEAKING?
>>EXPERTS SAY THE MOMENT YOU>>EXPERTS SAY THE MOMENT YOU
WALK IN THE FRONT DOOR, DROP WALK IN THE FRONT DOOR, DROP
YOUR SUITCASE IMMEDIATELY AND YOUR SUITCASE IMMEDIATELY AND COME TO THE BASEMENT. COME TO THE BASEMENT. MAKE YOUR WAY HERE TO THE MAKE YOUR WAY HERE TO THE CRAMPED ROOM WITH THE HOT WATER
HEATER. ROOM WITH THE HOT WATER HEATER. THIS IS DAVE HAMILTON, THANK YOU THIS IS DAVE HAMILTON, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. FOR BEING HERE. HOW CAN YOU TELL BY LOOKING AT HOW CAN YOU TELL BY LOOKING AT IT IF THIS THING IS LEAKING IT IF THIS THING IS LEAKING TOXIC GAS. TOXIC GAS.>>YOU CANNOT TELL IF ITS>>YOU CANNOT TELL IF ITS LEAKING. LEAKING. THATS WHAT MAKES IT SO THATS WHAT MAKES IT SO DANGEROUS. DANGEROUS.>>STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO IT?>>STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO IT?>>STANDING RIGHT HERE, YOU HAVE>>STANDING RIGHT HERE, YOU HAVE NO IDEA. NO IDEA.>>WHAT DO I DO?>>WHAT DO I DO?>>CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR.
>>WHY HERE?NOXIDE DETECTOR.>>WHY HERE?>>THIS IS GOING TO CAPTURE
CARBON MONOXIDE, WATER HEATER, CARBON MONOXIDE, WATER HEATER,
FURNACE, COMMON GENERATION FURNACE, COMMON GENERATION
POINT. POINT.>>THIS WILL CAPTURE IT FIRST?>>THIS WILL CAPTURE IT FIRST?>>YES, IT WILL.>>YES, IT WILL.>>A LOT OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES,>>A LOT OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES, THIS ISNT NECESSARILY REQUIRED THIS ISNT NECESSARILY REQUIRED LIKE IN THE U.S.? LIKE IN THE U.S.?>>NO, THEYRE NOT.>>NO, THEYRE NOT. ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU CAN ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU CAN DO, TAKE ONE, PUT IT IN YOUR DO, TAKE ONE, PUT IT IN YOUR SUITCASE, TRAVEL WITH IT, SUITCASE, TRAVEL WITH IT, BATTERY OPERATED, PLUG-IN
VERSION, THEYLL PROTECT YOU. VERSION, THEYLL PROTECT YOU.
>>YOULL BE SAFE.>>YOULL BE SAFE.
>>IN FACT, ACCORDING TO THE>>IN FACT, ACCORDING TO THE
CDC, MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE DIE CDC, MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE DIE
EVERY YEAR FROM ACCIDENTAL EVERY YEAR FROM ACCIDENTAL
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING. CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING.
THATS NOT THE ONLY DANGER. THATS NOT THE ONLY DANGER.
VACATION RENTALS VULNERABLE TO VACATION RENTALS VULNERABLE TO
FIRES TOO, AS GUESTS, YOU HAVE FIRES TOO, AS GUESTS, YOU HAVE
NO IDEA IF THE HOME YOU RENT IS NO IDEA IF THE HOME YOU RENT IS
UP TO CODE. UP TO CODE.
>>Reporter: HOW DO I PROTECT>>Reporter: HOW DO I PROTECT
AGAINST FIRE. AGAINST FIRE.>>THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER,
NOWHERE IT IS.TINGUISHER, NOWHERE IT IS. TRAIN YOUR BRAIN TO THE LOCATION
OF IT.YOUR BRAIN TO THE LOCATION OF IT.
THIS IS NOT YOUR NORMAL HOME. THIS IS NOT YOUR NORMAL HOME.
BEFORE YOU GO, ASK THE BEFORE YOU GO, ASK THE
HOMEOWNER, WHERE IS THE FIRE HOMEOWNER, WHERE IS THE FIRE
EXTINGUISHER? EXTINGUISHER?>>Reporter: WHEN YOU GET HERE,
MAKE SURE ITS WHERE THEY SAIDE, MAKE SURE ITS WHERE THEY SAID
IT IS. IT IS.>>YES.>>YES.>>YOU NEED A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN>>YOU NEED A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN ON VACATION TOO, EVEN MORE ON VACATION TOO, EVEN MORE CRUCIAL SINCE YOU DONT KNOW THE
LAYOUT. SINCE YOU DONT KNOW THE LAYOUT.>>THE FOR VIRS DAY AS SOON AS>>THE FOR VIRS DAY AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE YOU WANT TO KNOW YOU ARRIVE YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE ALL THE EXITS TO THE HOME
ARE.E ALL THE EXITS TO THE HOME ARE.>>Reporter: NOT JUST THE FRONT>>Reporter: NOT JUST THE FRONT DOOR. DOOR.>>YOU NEED TO KNOW WHERE>>YOU NEED TO KNOW WHERE SECONDARY EXITS ARE. SECONDARY EXITS ARE. FOR EXAMPLE, THERES A DOORWAY FOR EXAMPLE, THERES A DOORWAY HIDDEN BEHIND THIS CURTAIN, AND HIDDEN BEHIND THIS CURTAIN, AND THERES ALSO ANOTHER DOORWAY THERES ALSO ANOTHER DOORWAY HALFWAY DOWN THE STAIRS THAT YOU HALFWAY DOWN THE STAIRS THAT YOU WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO FIND IN
THICK BLACK SMOKE.TO FIND IN THICK BLACK SMOKE.
>>Reporter: WHEN SECONDS COUNT>>Reporter: WHEN SECONDS COUNT
YOU WOULDNT BE ABLE TO TIENDFIN YOU WOULDNT BE ABLE TO TIENDFIN
THIS. THIS. IMPORTANT STUFF, HERES ANOTHER
TIP.RTANT STUFF, HERES ANOTHER TIP. MAKE SURE THERE ARE SMOKE ALARMS
AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORSRMS AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
OUTSIDE OF EVERY BEDROOM AS OUTSIDE OF EVERY BEDROOM AS
WELL. WELL. I THINK ITS WORTH REPEATING,
GUYS, THE TOP TIP I TOOK AWAY, GUYS, THE TOP TIP I TOOK AWAY,
TRAVEL WITH ONE OF THESE, TRAVEL TRAVEL WITH ONE OF THESE, TRAVEL
WITH A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR, WITH A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR,
THE KIND THAT PLUGS THE WALL. THE KIND THAT PLUGS THE WALL.
WE BOUGHT IT FOR LESS THAN $30. WE BOUGHT IT FOR LESS THAN $30.
>>STAY IN HOTELS ON SPRING

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