Mick's Electric Inc.

Electrician, Rapid City, SD

10 tips to carbon monoxide safety:

  1. Replace CO detectors installed before October 1998.
  2. The best defense against CO poisoning is installing CO detectors on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas.
  3. Press the TEST button on your CO detector monthly to ensure the alarm sounds.  Remember, the TEST button is not testing the ability of the device to detect CO, but rather the ability of the detector to sound the alarm.
  4. Have fuel-burning household heating equipment (furnaces, water heaters, portable heaters, fireplaces, etc) checked every year before the cold weather sets in.
  5. Check all chimneys and chimney connectors for proper installation, cracks, blockages, or leaks.  Ensure repairs are complete before using the chimney.
  6. When using a fireplace, ensure the flue is open for sufficient ventilation.
  7. Never use a barbecue inside the home or garage.
  8. During colder weather, never warm up a vehicle inside the garage, even if the garage door is open.
  9. If a CO alarm does go off inside your home, immediately open windows and doors to air out the house, leave and call the fire department.
  10. Because CO has no color, smell or taste - never ignore and alarm - even if your family members don't feel any symptoms: headache, nausea, dizziness, or fatigue.

Click here to visit NFPA to learn more about Smoke Detector Safety.
US Fire Administration

Click here to learn about the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarms
Smoke Alarms Save Lives!
Smoke alarms (smoke detectors), when properly installed and maintained provide early warning when fires break out.  The most fatal fires occur at night when people are asleep.  Often, victims never wake up.  A working smoke alarm will sound an alarm to alert you, giving you precious time to escape.  Early warning increases your chances for you and your loved ones to get out of a fire safely.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, corridors and also sleeping areas.
  • Do not install smoke alarms in bathrooms, near heating appliances, or in kitchens near ovens or stoves.
  • Install smoke alarms on the ceiling or high up on a wall.
  • Test your smoke alarms once a month, keep them in good working order.
  • Replace your smoke alarm battery at least once a year.
  • Smoke alarms do not last forever, replace them with new ones every ten years.
  • Create a fire escape plan, regularly practice exit drills.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

According to NADI (North American Detectors Inc.) every year, 1,700 people die from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in North America and over 10,000 more are treated or hospitalized.  However, there are many preventable steps you can take to ensure your family is protected against CO poisoning.