Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week: Indoor Winter Safety

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen year-round but is more common in winter when doors and windows stay primarily closed and fireplaces, gas heaters, or other fuel burning appliances are in use. The Golden Valley Fire Department (GVFD) wants to make sure everyone knows the dangers of CO and how important it is to have CO alarms in your home.

CO is commonly known as the invisible killer and is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas created by burning fuel. The GVFD recommends having all natural gas appliances, heating systems, vents, chimneys, and flues inspected every year, preferably before temperatures get too cold.

Signs of CO poisoning include headache, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, and disorientation. To help prevent CO poisoning, take proper precautions like:

  • installing CO alarms within 10 feet of each bedroom or inside each bedroom
  • testing CO alarms every month
  • clearing snow and debris from furnace, dryer, fireplace, or oven vents around your home to prevent CO buildup

For more information about indoor winter safety, visit the Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week web page.

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