Every year, there are an alarming number of carbon monoxide deaths. The state of Massachusetts requires CO detectors in certain areas of the home, but this isn’t enforced until a home is sold and goes through a fire/smoke inspection. Ultimately, it’s up to homeowners to keep themselves and their families safe. Here’s an important carbon monoxide safety reminder for Massachusetts Residents.
Carbon Monoxide Detector Placement
If your home operates a fossil fuel-burning heating system, then you need CO detectors throughout your home. This includes the basement and living levels, particularly outside of bedrooms. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas, so without CO detectors, there’s no way for you to know that you’re in danger! There are some common signs of CO poisoning that you should be aware of, but that won’t help with prevention.
Yearly CO Detector Testing
It’s not enough to simply install detectors. Some recent deaths occurred in homes with detectors that residents didn’t know weren’t working properly. As part of your carbon monoxide safety plan, replace batteries and test detectors every year. Most units come with a testing button that makes it easy to do so.
Additional Information on Carbon Monoxide Safety
Read our previous blog posts for additional carbon monoxide safety tips and smoke detector laws in Massachusetts. Prevention should always be your first goal. If you do suspect a CO leak in your home, evacuate immediately and call the fire department. Do not return to your home unless and until it’s deemed safe.