Smoke detector batteries & carbon monoxide
Greetings To All:
This morning temperature levels were below freezing, indicating that many of you decide to start the furnace, or wood stove to keep warm and cozy.
Last week EH&S reminded you all to replace batteries in your smoke detectors, well today today Jess & I are informing you that its a good time to consider purchasing a carbon monoxide detector.
Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless,
colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural
gas, propane, and #2 oil) burn incompletely or are improperly vented to the outdoors. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn any of the above fuels can be sources of carbon monoxide.
CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home per manufacturer’s specifications.
Some Helpful Tips
- Always test CO alarms at least once a month; replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, exit the building and call local fire department for assistance.
- During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
- A generator should only be used when at least 10 feet from any door, window or other opening to the home; never place in basements, garages or bulkheads.
Remember this important health fact: A person can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a longer period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter amount of time, so make sure you install a least one CO detector this winter season.