Safety tips in the home
- Install CO
alarms (listed by an independent testing laboratory) inside your home to
provide early warning of accumulating CO.CO alarms should be installed in
a central location outside each separate sleeping area. If bedrooms are
spaced apart, each area will need a CO alarm.
- Test CO
alarms at least once a month and replace CO alarms according to the
- CO alarms
are not substitutes for smoke
alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and CO
- Have fuel-burning
heating equipment (fireplaces, furnaces, water heaters, wood and coal
stoves, space or portable heaters) and chimneys inspected by a
professional every year before cold weather sets in.
purchasing new heating and cooking equipment, select products tested and
labeled by an independent testing laboratory.
- When using
a fireplace, open the flue for adequate ventilation.
- Never use
your oven to heat your home.
- When buying
an existing home, have a qualified technician evaluate the integrity of
the heating and cooking systems, as well as the sealed spaces between the
garage and house.
Safety tips outside the home
If you need
to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting
it. Do not run a vehicle, generator, 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.
- During and
after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and
fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
barbecue grills – which can produce CO – outside. Never use them in the
home, garage or near building openings.
camping, remember to use battery-powered lights in tents trailers, and
If your CO alarm sounds
move to a fresh air location and call for help. Remain at the fresh air
location until emergency personnel say it is ok.
- If the
audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries or other trouble
Updated: 12/06, Source: NFPA