Carbon Monoxide Precautions

Carbon monoxide is commonly known as “the silent killer.” Because it is colorless odorless, and tasteless, none of your senses can detect it. CO claims the lives of nearly 300 people in their homes each year according to the U.S.. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). CO is a potentially deadly gas that is produced by fuel-burning heating equipment, such as furnaces, wood stoves, fireplaces, and kerosene heaters. Follow these guidelines to help keep your family safer.

  1. Install at least one CO alarm near sleeping areas. You can purchase them at your local hardware store.
  2. Have a trained professional inspect, clean and tune-up your home’s central heating system and repair leaks or other problems; fireplaces and woodstoves should also be inspected each year and cleaned or repaired as needed.
  3. Keep gas appliances properly adjusted and serviced.
  4. Never use an oven or range to heat your home.
  5. Never use a gas or charcoal grill inside your home or in a closed garage.
  6. Portable electric generators must be used outside only. Never use them indoors, in a garage or in any confined area that can allow CO to collect. Follow usage directions closely.
    1. Generators should be set up in a safe location outdoors and at least 15-20 feet from any doors or windows. To learn more, please visit the following website managed by the Maine Emergency Management Angency: