Carbon monoxide: Combustion’s deadly companion

This is the fourth of five blogs on fire safety topics during our October observance of Fire Prevention Month.

carbon-monoxide-alarm

A carbon monoxide alarm may or may not
have a digital readout.

Burning wood in a fireplace. Heating a home with a gas furnace. Cooking on a gas stovetop. Grilling with charcoal. Running a combustion engine such as an automobile or generator. Drying clothes in a gas dryer. Many of us enjoy these modern conveniences, but what is the danger they all have in common? Carbon monoxide.

In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to more than 80,000 non-fire carbon monoxide incidents. In 2008 alone nearly 200 people died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
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Correctly placed, working smoke alarms save lives

This is the second of five blogs on fire safety topics during our October observance of Fire Prevention Month.

test-smoke-alarm

Test your smoke alarm monthly.

Fifteen of every 16 homes have a smoke alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Association and United States Fire Administration. However, only three-quarters have a working smoke alarm.

Many homes do not have sufficient numbers of alarms or do not have them located in the correct places.
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