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

Never use generators indoors.

In the case of a power outage, it is good to have a generator on hand. However, generators produce carbon monoxide and when used in confined areas the CO can collect and creates a dangerous environment.

Have your fuel-burning appliances inspected regularly.

Furnaces and other fuel-burning appliances can produce CO if they are not properly maintained.

Clean out your fireplace's flue.

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

Use kitchen vents anytime the stove is in use.

The kitchen stove is among the most frequent sources of CO 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.

INSTALL AND TEST YOUR CO ALARMS!

Your first line of defense is early detection. Make sure to install CO alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and outside of every sleeping area. It is important to regularly test your alarms and know when to replace them, every 7 to 10 years.

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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