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 ​Get in the KNOW about CO - Carbon Monoxide

 

Sounding the alarm on the silent killer. Protect yourself and your family. Carbon Monoxide (CO) Sources:

  • Generators
  • Vehicle Exhaust
  • Propane/Gas Ranges
  • Methane
  • Natural Gas
  • Charcoal Grills
  • Wood Burning
  • Fireplaces
  • Gas powered Lawn equipment

For more safety tips including cold weather carbon monoxide advice go to NFPA.org
For a safety presentation call the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Community Education office at (561) 616-7033

CARBON MONOXIDE  is a poisonous gas produced in fumes when fuel burns. The fumes are:

  • Odorless
  • Colorless
  • Tasteless

SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Upset Stomach
  • Vomitting
  • Chest Pain
  • Confusion
  • Flu-Like Symptoms

 If you suddenly feel these symptoms, go outside and call 911


Get a Carbon Monoxide Alarm

  • Install the CO alarm according to manufacturer's recommendations
  • CO alarms should be installed IN ADDITION to and not INSTEAD of smoke alarms
  • CO alarms sound different than smoke alarms - KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

Turn Your Car Off

Leaving a gas-powered vehicle running in the garage can be deadly. New technology means you can accidentally leave
the key remote inside the vehicle, or walk off with your key remote in hand, but your vehicle STAYS ON. Make a new habit
to double check your car. Park without distractions, best practice is to park outside of your garage.


 HAZARDS IN THE HOUSE

Gas operated appliances can include water heaters, stoves and dryers. Keep dryer and stove vents clean and free
of lint and any blockage. Fireplaces should be cleaned on a regular basis. Never use an oven to warm your home.

Install and maintain CO alarms according to the manufacturer. Follow manufacturer's directions on use and
mmaintenance of appliances. Carbon monoxide alarms will offer early warning protection.


 

IF YOUR ALARM SOUNDS, GO OUTSIDE AND CALL 911!  

 


 

KEEP DANGER AT A DISTANCE

  • Grills
  • Generators
  • Gas Powered Lawn Equipment
  • Never use Equipment in a Garage
  • Prevent CO from entering your home by using the equipment away from doors, windows and vents
  • Check the manufacturer's directions for safe distance requirements

 

Useful Links and Information:

   Carbon Monoxide Brochure.pdf