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Posted on: January 9, 2023

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Photo of a Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Do you have CO alarms in your home?

Carbon Monoxide is called the invisible killer as it is odorless and colorless gas created when fuels burn incompletely.

 

Where should you install your CO alarm?

  • CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and every level of the home, and in any locations where required by law, code or standard. 
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.

How often should you test your CO alarms.

  • Smoke Detectors and CO alarms should be tested at least once a month. We recommend adding it to your calendar for the first of every month.

If the CO alarm sounds, what should you do?

  • Immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors. Make sure everyone in the home is accounted for and call for help from the fresh air location. Stay there until emergency personnel declares it is safe to re-enter.

What are the most common scenarios that can cause CO danger?

  • Warm your vehicle outside of the garage. Never run a fueled engine or motor indoors. 
  • During and after snow, make sure vents for your dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
  • Generators should only be used in well-ventilated locations outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings. 
  • Gas or charcoal grills can produce CO – only use them outside!

For a more complete guide from the National Fire Protection Association, CLICK HERE.

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