Carbon Monoxide Detector Safety
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. There are times in the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.
Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association:
- CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound
- Call your local fire department’s non-emergency number to find out what number to call if the CO alarm sounds.
- If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
- Gas or charcoal grills can produce CO — only use outside
- A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings
- Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
You can never be too careful when it comes to checking your CO detectors. Keep your family and loved ones safe by using these tips monthly. Set a reminder on your phone to stay consistent. As we like to say #homesafehome!