As we anticipate the weather getting colder, lower temps overnight, and more people are using heaters, fireplaces, furnaces and other appliances that produce Carbon Monoxide (CO), the FVFAC is teaming up with Safekids.org in recognition of National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week from November 5th-12th.
So what can you do to protect yourself or your family from carbon monoxide dangers?
1. Make sure there’s a working CO alarm on every level of your house and near every bedroom. Test them every month to make sure they’re working correctly, and replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Combination CO and Smoke Alarms are now available.
2. If you need to start your vehicle to warm it up before heading out on the road, make sure to move it out of the garage right away. Even if the garage door is open, don’t leave your vehicle sitting in the garage while the engine is running.
3. Make sure to use generators and grills outside the home, well away from any windows, vents, and doors. A minimum spacing of 15 feet is recommended, but always check the manufacturers user manual.
3. Check the vents and flues for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace outside your home to make sure they’re clear of any snow or other debris.
4. If the CO alarm or smoke alarm sounds, leave the house immediately. Call 911 as soon as you and your family are outside the home. Stay outside until emergency personnel arrive.
See the links below for additional info….