Did you know that carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every 5-7 years and smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years? The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends replacement to ensure the most effective protection and prevent nuisance alarms. Carbon Monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning in the United States according to the American Medical Association. Common causes of carbon monoxide production can be gas or oil appliances like a furnace, clothes dryer, range, oven, water heater, or space heaters that are not working properly.
- Never use a gas range or oven to heat a home
- Never leave your car running and parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage
- Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent, or camper
- Have your furnace, water heater and other gas appliances checked yearly by a certified professional
- Install First Alert Carbon Monoxide alarms in or near every bedroom and on every level of your home including the basement
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Elizabeth Bryan, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings, almost lost her entire family to carbon monoxide poisoning. She is the mom of three sons, four cats and three dogs. One day, with the kids and herself cranky, lethargic, and feeling rundown, she headed to the doctor who just suggested that everyone was coming down with the flu. After heading back home and trying to get some work done, she discovered the First Alert Carbon Monoxide detector had been disconnected! As soon as it was plugged back in, it started alarming and she knew to get her family out of the house. They didn’t have the flu…they were being poisoned by carbon monoxide!
The days that followed revealed that the heater was emitting CO and a workman in their home had disengaged the alarm weeks earlier because it had gone off while he was doing something, and the noise was irritating. He thought the battery was dead!
Elizabeth has learned to count her blessings…death from carbon monoxide poisoning is much more common than it should be! With monitors and detectors available at relatively inexpensive prices, it is an easy way to safeguard your family against this type of tragedy!
Make safety a new holiday tradition! Check the batteries in your smoke alarms and test your carbon monoxide alarm. And if you don’t own these safety devices…check out First Alert. It could very well save your family’s life!
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.