Carbon monoxide safety tips |

Carbon monoxide safety tips


Provided by the Lake Valley Fire Department

Potential hazards for carbon monoxide formation:

— Anything that plugs the vent system. Wintertime snow accumulation can be a culprit.

— Vent pipes rusting through inside the building.

— A leaking heat exchanger in a furnace or space heater.

— Excessive caulking, insulation, or sealing can reduce the natural influx of fresh air and starve an appliance of oxygen, causing excessive levels of carbon monoxide to form.

— Improper air adjustment, wrong opening size, or misalignment within burner systems.

— Heating appliances with no vents.

— Electrical generators that are not exhausting to the outside. Possibly due to a build up of snow.

If carbon monoxide is suspected:

— Get everyone to fresh air immediately and call the fire department.

— Open windows and doors to air out the building.

— Turn off the suspected appliance.

— Seek medical assistance if any symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are present. Carbon monoxide is cumulative and stays in the blood system for up to six months.

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