Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an invisible odorless gas that comes from burning fossil fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, propane, oil, and methane. When the fuels burn incompletely, CO is produced.
The Fire Department has recently received reports from residents that their CO detectors were activating in their homes, and they were unsure of what they should do.
If your detector activates, call 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY and evacuate your home to await our arrival.
If a CO detector activates, we can check your home with meters that are carried on our apparatus that detect the presence of CO validating the reason for the detector's activation.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms are required in all residential dwellings that use fossil fuel-burning appliances or have an attached garage. The alarm must be installed in a centrally located area near bedrooms, on every level of a dwelling, including basements, and in the vicinity of the fossil fuel-burning appliance. Exception: unfinished attics and crawl spaces.
Should you have any questions about CO or CO detectors, please contact the fire station at (610) 372-9621.