Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide

January 16, 2009 8:50:29 AM PST
Do we have to have a smoke alarm? Why do we need a smoke alarm? Also, what is carbon monoxide? Read more to learn the truth about carbon monoxide.WHY DO I NEED A SMOKE ALARM?

Residential fires occur every 79 seconds. Having working smoke alarms in your home can help save lives! Double your chances of surviving an accidental house fire by following the tips listed below:

  1. Install a smoke alarm on every level and outside of each bedroom or sleeping area in your home.
  2. Keep your bedroom doors closed while you are asleep.
  3. Keep your smoke alarms properly maintained. Test them once a week to ensure they are working properly.
  4. Every spring and fall when you change your clocks, remember to change your smoke alarm batteries.
  5. Develop an escape plan and review the plan with all members of the family frequently. Establish a meeting place outside the house for all members of the family to ensure that everyone gets out safely.


Carbon Monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States and claims THOUSANDS of lives each year. It's known as the silent killer since it is invisible to the human senses; it's odorless, tasteless, colorless and non-irritating. Without a Carbon Monoxide alarm there is no way of knowing if your family is being poisoned.

On May 5, 2004, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed legislation that requires the installation of carbon monoxide detecting devices within proximity of sleeping rooms in apartments and private homes. All buildings where fossil-fuel burning furnaces or boilers are located, with fossil fuel defined as coal, kerosene, oil, wood, fuel gases and other petroleum products, will be subject to the new law. Protect yourself and your loved ones by following these simple steps...

  1. Have at least one carbon monoxide alarm with an audible warning signal installed on every level of your home and in sleeping areas.
  2. Ensure that fossil fuel-burning appliances are properly installed and working.
  3. Have your home heating system, chimney and fuel inspected and cleaned by a qualified technician every year.
  4. Do not burn charcoal inside your house; even in the fireplace.
  5. Do not use gas grills in confined areas; even in your basement or garage.
  6. Have gas fireplaces inspected each fall to ensure the pilot light burns safely.
  7. Keep chimneys clear of bird and squirrel nests, leaves and residue to ensure proper venting.
  8. Do not operate gasoline-powered engines (i.e. generators) in confined areas such as garages or basements and never leave your car, mower or other vehicle running in an attached garage ? even with the door open.
  9. Do not block or seal shut exhaust flues or ducts for appliances such as water heaters, ranges and clothes dryers.
  10. Do not use ovens, household appliances or alternative energy sources that run on fossil fuel for heating purposes.