Winter and Carbon Monoxide Safety

With colder weather and glimpses of snow, winter can be a beautiful, warm and cozy time. However, with colder weather the chances of a carbon monoxide leak rise.

Winter Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas. Common sources of carbon monoxide include any fuel burning devices, such as your stove, furnace or water heater. As outside temperatures drop during the winter months, things start to heat up indoors. Winter is a peak time for carbon monoxide poisoning as more as people start to utilize their fuel burning devices. Learn how to protect your home and family with our simple winter carbon monoxide safety tips.

1. Never use generators indoors

In the event of a power outage, never use a generator indoors. Place the generator a safe distance from the home, at least 10-15 feet.

2. Inspect your fuel burning devices

Furnaces and other fuel-burning appliances can produce carbon monoxide if they are not properly maintained and inspected by professionals regularly. Make sure to have your devices inspected to help protect your home and family.

3. Clean out your fireplace's flue

Make sure to clean out or have your fireplace's flue inspected before you light a fire. This will help prevent the flue from becoming clogged and trapping carbon monoxide in your home.

4. Use kitchen vents anytime the stove is in use

The kitchen stove is among the most frequent sources of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home. To help eliminate danger of overexposure, always run exhaust fans when cooking, especially during the holidays when stoves are left on for longer periods of time. Also, open a nearby window periodically when cooking to allow fresh air to circulate. Also, never use your stove to heat your home.

5. Install and test your carbon monoxide alarms

Your first line of defense is early detection. Make sure to install CO alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom. It is important to regularly test your alarms and know when to replace them, every 5 to 7 years.

Winter Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

Winter Safety Essentials:

Carbon Monoxide Alarm with 10-Year Battery and Digital Temperature Display

This alarm alerts you to elevated carbon monoxide levels, with a digital display showing temperature and CO concentration. The built-in 10-year sealed battery offers continuous protection for the life of the alarm.

Battery Powered Carbon Monoxide Alarm

This carbon monoxide alarm utilizes an electrochemical carbon monoxide sensor that lasts for up to five years to detect carbon monoxide.

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Carbon Monoxide Plug-In Alarm with Battery Backup

This personal carbon monoxide detector plugs into any standard electrical socket to monitor CO levels in throughout your home. The alarm's battery backup to allow for continuous monitoring, even in the event of a power outage.

Combination Photoelectric Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm with 10-Year Battery

This low-profile alarm detects both smoke and carbon monoxide. The slim, easy-to-install design has a 10-year sealed battery that lasts the life of the alarm.

 

 

Sources:

The National Fire Protection Association, 2018, https://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/COsafety.pdf

The National Fire Protection Association, 2018, https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Fire-and-life-safety-equipment/Carbon-monoxide