By Beverly Hopps
Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC, Mission Children’s Hospital
Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is the right time to make safety improvements. Our Safe Kids team wants you to know the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) in and around your home. Here are some of their tips to make sure your family is safe.
Check Carbon Monoxide Alarms
- Make sure there is a working carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home and near sleeping areas.
- Test CO alarms every month to make sure they are working correctly.
- Replace CO alarms according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- If you need to warm up a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not leave the engine running even if the garage door is open.
- Generators and grills should be used outside the home, away from windows and doors.
- On the outside of your home, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.
In an Emergency, Leave the Home Immediately
- If the CO alarm sounds, immediately leave the home.
- Call 911 or the fire department after you are outside the home. Remain outside until emergency personnel arrive.
Beverly Hopps is a Safe Kids Educator at Mission Children’s Hospital.