The Silent Killer: SHIELD's carbon monoxide (CO) safety tips
January is Carbon Monoxide Month, and SHIELD Security would like to point out some reminders and prevention tips that come with every heating season.
Carbon monoxide is a significant public safety concern because it is one of the leading causes of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. The numbers increase when heating systems are engaged throughout the cooler seasons and people remain inside their homes.
Current regulations (Amanda’s law) require carbon monoxide alarms be installed in new, and existing single and two-family dwellings, multifamily dwellings and rentals equipped with a fuel-burning appliance system or attached garage. The alarms should be installed centrally on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area. Each alarm should be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and replaced every fifth year.
Installing carbon monoxide alarms will certainly help in case of a gas leak, but SHIELD Security Systems recommends taking action before an accident happens by following these simple tips:
- Have appliances installed and inspected by trained professionals who carefully follow manufacturer's instructions and local building codes.
- Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, which even at moderate levels, include severe headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea or faintness. Contact 911 if you think you experience symptoms of poisoning.
- Do not use a gas oven to heat your home, even for a short time, and don’t ever use a charcoal grill indoors – even in a fireplace. Any gasoline-powered engine (mowers, weed trimmers, snow blowers, chain saws, small engines or generators) in an enclosed space will increase the risk.
For additional information on carbon monoxide safety tips, emergency generator usage, health risks, and more, please see:
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
- Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Fire Administration
- About Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Portable Generators
If you are not following current carbon monoxide poisoning safety regulations, please contact SHIELD Security Systems to order your carbon monoxide detector today. We're here to help you keep your home and family safe.
For more information, contact Shield Security at 1-800-4shield (1-800-474-4353).