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Carbon monoxide – Preventing the Silent Killer

So how can families be sure the silent killer isn’t lurking in their home? Install a carbon monoxide alarm. It’s the only safe way to detect this poisonous gas.

In fact, many state leaders have recognized the importance of having a working carbon monoxide alarm. Currently, 24 states require CO alarms in certain residences. In addition, families can take these simple steps to reduce the chance of having a CO incident:

  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm outside of every sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  • Place CO alarms at least 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances to reduce nuisance alarms.
  • Test alarms each month and replace them every seven years.
  • Have all gas, oil or coal-burning appliances inspected by a technician every year to ensure they are working properly.
  • Never use a stove to heat your home.
  • Do not use a grill, generator or camping stove inside your home, garage or near a window.
  • Never leave a car, SUV, or motorcycle engine running inside a garage, even if the garage door is open.

North-West Fire wants to help homeowners in our district prevent CO poisoning by providing a free home safety inspection and CO detector for anyone who is interested. This can be especially important as we start cranking up the heaters with cooler temperatures heading our way. Please contact us at 719-836-3150 to sign up today.