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How to protect from CO?

HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF AND MY FAMILY FROM CO POISONING?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that only 15% of homes have CO alarms installed. You should install at least one CO alarm near the bedrooms in your home.

A CO alarm works much like a home smoke alarm and beeps loudly when the sensor detects CO. It is very possible that no one may be experiencing symptoms when you hear the alarm. This does not mean that CO is not present. CO alarms measure levels of CO over time and are designed to sound an alarm before an average, healthy adult would experience symptoms.

HOW ELSE CAN I MINIMIZE THE DANGER FROM CO POISONING?

·         Have your home heating systems, vents, and chimneys inspected and cleaned.

white-space:pre"> ·         Keep chimneys clear of bird nests, leaves, and residue to ensure proper ventilation.

·         Do not block or seal exhaust flues or ducts on water heaters, ranges, and dryers.

·         Never use your range or oven to heat your home

·        Never use a charcoal grill or hibachi in your home or garage.

·         Never leave a car running in a garage. Even if the garage door is open normal circulation 

      will not provide enough fresh air to reliably prevent a dangerous buildup of CO.

 


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