It is time to prepare for cold weather here in Kentucky! Carbon Monoxide Safety Month Tips to Protect Your Family is a great article to help you get started! One of the best ways you can prepare for the winter is by stocking up on supplies including food and medication and by upgrading your carbon monoxide safety measures. Now is the time to take steps to protect your family against the silent killer this winter. You will rather be safe than sorry!
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless and deadly gas that can be produced by any fuel-burning device, such as a furnace, boiler, stove and, of course, cars. Known as “the silent killer,” CO poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. It is so important to make sure your family is safe as you head into the winter. We actually had a scary incident at our house with our golf cart. The batteries overcharged and cause CO gasses to build up. Thank goodness for our CO detectors because they saved our life!
Compounding the issue and concern is that CO poisoning is notoriously difficult to diagnose – often until it’s too late. The symptoms mimic those of many other illnesses, including nausea, headaches, dizziness, weakness, chest pain and vomiting. In more severe poisoning cases, people may experience disorientation or unconsciousness, or suffer long-term neurological disabilities, cardio-respiratory failure or death. My husband actually experienced a severe headache and dizziness after waking up to the detector alarms. These Carbon Monoxide Safety Month Tips can save you and your loved one's lives!
CO alarms are the only way to detect this poisonous gas, yet nearly half of Americans report not having CO alarms in their homes. This is so scary! After surviving a near fatal scare, we will always have them in our home and be sure the batteries are changed at least twice a year! According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, carbon monoxide poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poisoning in the United States and is responsible for an average of 450 deaths and more than 20,000 emergency room visits each year.
The threat of carbon monoxide is at its highest during the winter. January is National Carbon Monoxide Safety Month, and the perfect time to stop the silent killer in its tracks by taking measures to ensure your home is properly equipped with working CO alarms. First Alert has a variety of alarms to fit each home’s specific needs and, most importantly keep families safe. Trust us they are worth the investment to protect your family. No home is safe without them.
There are several CO detector choices to choose from:
- The PRC710V provides both smoke and CO protection, has a 10-year battery and features both voice and location technology
- The CO710 is a nice table-top addition, uses a digital display with temperature and can be easily added to any room
- The CO615 is a plug-in alarm with battery backup with digital display
- The CO400 is an easy-to-use, battery-operated alarm with a wall mount
Carbon Monoxide Safety Month tips to protect your family:
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that carbon monoxide (CO) alarms should be installed on each level of the home and in a central location outside each bedroom. To put this in perspective, the average-sized home in America – a two-story, three-bedroom house – needs a minimum of four CO alarms.
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Besides installing a CO alarm, follow these general tips to protect against CO poisoning:
- Run kitchen vents or exhaust fans any time the stove is in use.
- Never use generators, charcoal grills, camp stoves and other similar devices indoors.
- In the case of a power outage, portable electric generators must be used outside and at least 15 feet from the home.
- Have fuel-burning appliances inspected regularly.
- Arrange for a professional inspection of all fuel-burning appliances (such as furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, clothes dryers, water heaters and space heaters) annually to detect any CO leaks.
- Be mindful of the garage. Never leave a car running in an attached garage. Even if the garage door is open, CO emissions can leak into the home.
Even after a CO alarm is installed, use this checklist to keep your alarm in proper working condition.
- Clear CO alarms of all dust and debris.
- Ensure that alarms are plugged all the way into the outlet or, if battery operated, have working batteries installed. Some CO alarms, like the CO710 or the PRC710V, have a 10-year sealed lithium battery that never needs to be changed for the life of the alarm.
- Test the alarm regularly and replace the batteries every six months. If you have a 10-year battery alarm, it is still important to test the alarm regularly.
- Check or replacing the batteries when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall (every six months) for Daylight Saving Time.
- Alarms don’t last forever, and it is necessary to replace carbon monoxide alarms every five to 10 years (PRC710V and CO710 batteries last 10 years), and smoke alarms every 10 years.
- If you can’t remember or don’t know how old the alarm is, it is best to replace the unit completely.
- Make sure alarms are installed at least 15 feet away from sources of CO to reduce the chance of false alarms.
- Visit First Alert’s website to find a legislation map to learn your state’s specific CO requirements.
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If your CO alarm ever sounds, leave the home immediately and call 911. Do not turn on any light switches, take all of our pets and exit the home until help arrives.
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