What South Florida Homeowners Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide

The recent, tragic poisonings in Mexico are a wake-up call. Check out these go-to companies in South Florida to protect yourself and your family.

It’s an unfortunate headline that continues to happen. Americans dying—either within our borders or abroad—from carbon monoxide or gas poisoning.

The highest profile of these instances have recently occurred in a luxury resort community in Mexico’s Baja California, leaving two dead. Two Americans also perished in recent months after staying at an Airbnb in Mexico City.

Domestically, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning each year and there are more than 14,000 hospitalizations.

So, what can you do to stay one step ahead of this odorless, colorless killer? The most powerful tool—while on the road or within your South Florida residence—is a carbon monoxide detector.

Whether your travels take you to the most ultra-lux of hotels or simple places to crash, there are now travel-sized carbon monoxide detectors to help ensure you safe whether or not a detector is visible. One of the most trusted and well-reviewed products out there, from First Alert, costs less than $40.

As for your residence, even some of South Florida’s costliest and amenity-loaded homes lack these potentially life-saving devices. It’s actually against Florida law to not have an operational carbon monoxide alarm installed should your residence have an existing fossil fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.

So, if you find yourself in a rental without a carbon monoxide detector, it’s time to encourage your landlord to act. And, if you own your residence, know that most heating and air conditioning providers throughout Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach offer solutions.

Among the local experts with detector options are Ameri Temp Air Conditioning and DirectAir Air Conditioning in Miami-Dade, Bell Brothers Electric in Broward and Bass United in Palm Beach.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.