In anticipation of stormy weather accompanying the official arrival of winter, Sacramento Fire Department officials urge residents to check their carbon monoxide detectors and make sure they have one on each level of their home.
Often referred to as the silent killer because it is odorless, colorless and lethal, carbon monoxide can be found in gases released when fuels such as charcoal, gasoline, propane, wood, oil and methane burn incompletely. It is one of the leading causes of an unintentional poisoning deaths in the United States, claiming more than 400 lives each year, according to a Fire Department news release.
Residents are advised to check their carbon monoxide detectors monthly to make sure they are functioning properly.
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, residents also are reminded to:
Have heating equipment such as fireplaces and wood stoves inspected by a professional each year before using them.
Make sure when using the fireplace that the flue is fully opened for adequate ventilation.
Never use a gas or charcoal grill inside a home for any reason.
Make sure when using a generator that it is outside in a well-ventilated area, away from doors and windows.
Never warm up a vehicle inside the garage, even if the doors are open. Back the vehicle out into the driveway.
For more information and fire safety tips, go to www.sacfire.org.
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