Detectors - Your First Line of Defense

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Smoke Alarms 

Death by Fire
About 3,400 Americans die every year in residential fires- mostly the effect of inhaling smoke. Most fatal home fires occur at night because the smoke actually causes people to never wake up. When installed and maintained, smoke detectors can prevent such needless deaths.
Features to Look for in Smoke Alarms

  • Loud enough alarm to awaken everyone in the house
  • Approval from a testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratory. 
  • Signal to warn of weak Fire Safety; Fire Prevention; smoke alarms; smoke detectorsor dead batteries
  • Manufacturer's warranty
Placement
  • At least one on every level of the house
  • One in each bedroom
  • One outside each sleeping area
Maintenance Check List
  • Test your once a month by pressing the test button and replacing weak batteries
  • Change batteries once a year
  • Dust and vacuum twice a year

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Every year in the United States 200+ people die and ~10,000 are seen at hospitals for CO poisoning.

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What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless poisonous gas produced by incomplete combustion. Appliances fueled with natural gas, liquefied petroleum, oil, kerosene, coal and wood, cars and engines produce CO.

Symptoms of CO poisoning:
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Disorientation

*If experiencing these symptoms, get to fresh air and call 911 immediately*

How to prevent CO poisoning:
  • Install a CO detector near every sleeping area and on every floor
  • Never use portable gas or charcoal inside a home
  • Never leave a car running in a garage, even with the door open
  • Ensure appliances are installed and maintained according to manufacturer's instructions
What should you do if your CO detector/alarm is sounding?

Never ignore an alarming CO detector/alarm. Call 911. Immediately move to fresh air.

Features to Look for in CO Detectors
  • Stops automatically when fresh air clears CO.
  • Manual reset and test button.
  • Horn that sounds 85 decibels.
  • Approval from a testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratory.

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