National Poison Prevention Week Offers Opportunity to Educate Families About Carbon Monoxide
You can’t see, taste or smell carbon monoxide, and common sources include fuel-burning appliances, such as a furnace, water heater, stove, fireplace or grill, and fuel-burning engines such as a generator or vehicle. U.S. Census data show that at least 61% of
PREVENTING CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
· Do install at least one battery-powered CO alarm or AC-powered unit with battery back-up on each level of your home and near sleeping areas.
· Do have a licensed professional inspect heating systems and other fuel-burning appliances annually.
· Do install fuel-burning appliances properly and operate according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
· Do keep chimneys clear of animal nests, leaves and residue to ensure proper ventilation. Have all fireplaces cleaned and inspected annually.
· Do check all carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Do they need new batteries?
- Do replace CO alarms every seven years to benefit from the latest technology upgrades.
· Don’t block or seal shut the exhaust flues or ducts used by water heaters, ranges and clothes dryers.
· Don’t leave your car running in an attached garage or carport.
· Don’t use ovens or stoves to heat your home.
· Don’t use charcoal or gas grills inside or operate outdoors near a window where CO fumes could seep in through a window.
· Don’t operate a generator in spaces attached to your home, such as porches, patios or garages. Only operate the generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home and protected from direct exposure to rain.