|Salt Lake City Fire Tip of the Week|
|“Carbon Monoxide Alarms”|
|Nov. 3, 2014|
|Yesterday we set our clocks back an hour as part of daylight savings time. Did you remember to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms?
A few weeks ago, the safety tip was on smoke alarms. (Click here)
This week we will focus on carbon monoxide, which is called the “Silent Killer?”
Carbon monoxide has been given this deadly nickname because it is an invisible, odorless and colorless gas that, when breathed in, prevents oxygen in the blood from being carried throughout the body, causing asphyxiation.
The Salt Lake Cty Fire Department encourages everyone to take the necessary steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from suffering the affects of carbon monoxide.
The effects depend on how much carbon monoxide (CO) is in the air, how long it is breathed, and how healthy and active, and an individual’ is as well as their sensitivity to carbon monoxide. Exposure to the gas is worse for older people, fetuses, and people with heart, circulatory, or lung disease.
Low concentrations of carbon monoxide can cause headache, loss of alertness, flu-like symptoms, nausea, fatigue, fast breathing, confusion, disorientation and overall weakness. In addition, it can cause chest pain in people with heart disease. It can also impair judgment and cause decreased learning ability in school children.
High concentrations of carbon monoxide can cause coma (unconsciousness) and death.
The gas is created when fuels, such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane, burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
When selecting your alarm, be sure to read the instructions, which will describe the different sounds the alarm will make, as well as let you know when the alarm will expire. You should also follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.
Once you have your alarms installed, follow these safety tips:
SLC Fire Safety Tip – Carbon Monoxide Alarms
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