Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon Monoxide is the silent and odorless killer. A person can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a longer period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter amount of time. Raymond Fire & Rescue responds to several calls annually relating to Carbon Monoxide alarms. In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 80,100 non-fire CO incidents

in which carbon monoxide was found, or an average of nine such calls per hour. The number of incidents increased 96 percent from 40,900 incidents reported in 2003. This increase is most likely due to the increased use of CO detectors, which alert people to the presence of CO. It is important to install and maintain CO alarms inside your home to provide early warning of carbon monoxide. CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home. Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory. CO alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and the sound of CO alarms. Source: Non-Fire Carbon Monoxide Incidents," by Ben Evarts, March 2012