Safety Tips for Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Often named the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas produced when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn partly. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide. Here are a few safety tips from APB Security to consider:

  • CO alarms should be installed in a location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.
  • Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a familiar testing laboratory.
  • Consider having your CO alarms monitored by our central station.
  • Test CO alarms once a month; replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • CO alarm units must be replaced in accordance with manufacturers instructions. Many models have a life span of less than 5 years, so be sure to check the specifications and replace the unit before the recommended time.
  • If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call the fire department.
  • If the CO alarm sounds, directly move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel. Stay there until emergency personnel arrives.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine 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.
  • A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
  • Have all chimneys checked & cleaned at least annually.

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