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.
Winter Safety Essentials:
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.
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