Prepare to “Fall Back” By Checking Home Detectors and Packing an Emergency Kit

fall back2To protect your family from carbon monoxide, follow these simple safety tips:

  • Make sure you have working CO detectors. All homes and duplexes in Wisconsin are required to have CO detectors on every level including the basement, but not the attic or storage areas.
  • Have your furnace or wood-burning stove inspected annually to make sure it is structurally and functionally sound and vents properly to the outside of your home.
  • Never run a gasoline or propane heater or a grill (gas or charcoal) inside your home or an unventilated garage. Any heating system that burns fuel will produce carbon monoxide. Use a battery-powered detector where you have fuel burning devices but no electric outlets, such as in tents, cabins, RVs, and boats with enclosed cabins.
  • Never run a car in an enclosed space. If a vehicle is running, you must have a door open to the outside.
  • Generators should be run a safe distance from the home. Never run a generator in the home or garage, or right next to windows or doors.

Emergency Kits: Everyone should have a basic emergency kit in their home with supplies such as food and water to last you and your family at least three days. Other items like a battery powered or crank radio, flashlights and a first aid kit should also be included. If you already have an emergency kit prepared, make sure food and other items are not near or past their expiration dates.

For more information visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/air/co.htm

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