Protect Your Home From The Carbon Monoxide This Winter

The Golden Valley Fire Department (GVFD) wants to make sure residents know the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO), especially during the winter months and how something as simple as a CO detector can save lives.

Carbon monoxide detectorCarbon Monoxide, commonly known as the invisible killer, is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas created by burning fuel. In the home, fuel burning, heating and cooking equipment can be potential sources of carbon monoxide and vehicles or generators in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

CO incidents are most common during the colder months (Nov-Feb) and the GVFD recommends that all natural gas appliances, heating systems, vents, chimneys, and flues get inspected every year, preferably before temperatures get too cold.

Signs of CO poisoning include headache, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, and disorientation. To prevent CO poisoning, the GVFD wants to ensure that all residents take the 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 a CO buildup

For more information about CO safety, visit the NFPA website or contact the Golden Valley Fire Department at 763-593-8098.

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