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Detect CO – Know When to Go

According to the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, cold temperatures increase the risk of exposure to carbon monoxide (CO) due to use of heating equipment.

CO Poisoning Prevention Tips

  • Install a 10-year tamper proof with hush feature smoke alarm and CO detector on each level of your home and near sleeping areas, and make sure it is more than 5 feet from fuel-burning appliances to prevent false alarms.
  • Ensure that fuel-burning appliances are properly installed and working according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Inspect these appliances for adequate ventilation.
  • Do not burn charcoal inside your house, even in the fireplace.
  • Do not use gasoline-powered generators inside of your house.
  • Keep chimneys clear of animal nests, leaves and residue to ensure proper venting.
  • Do not block or seal shut exhaust flues or ducts for appliances, such as water heaters, ranges and clothes dryers. If It Happens to You
  • Never ignore your CO detectors if it sounds.
  • Operate test/reset button.
  • Determine if anyone in the household is experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning such as a headache, nausea, drowsiness or confusion. Call 911.
  • Open doors and windows, or exit your home. Leave the CO alarm where it is.
  • If you have an alarm with digital display, emergency responders can determine the highest level of CO present and decide how to treat victims.
  • Do not return to your home until the emergency personnel have arrived, the home is aired out and your CO alarm returns to normal operation.
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