Tip of the Month - March 2010
Source: Paul D. Martin-Chief of NYS Bureau of Fire Prevention
The installation of CO alarms are required in all new and existing one
& two family dwellings, multifamily dwellings and rental properties
that have a fuel-burning system/appliances/or attached garage.
Place CO alarms on each floor and near sleeping areas, keeping at least 15 ft. from fuel burning appliances.
Test CO alarms monthly/change batteries at least twice a year. CO
alarms should be replaced every five to seven years. If you
don’t know the age of your alarm, replace it.
Most important, if your CO alarm sounds, never ignore it. Get
your family out of the house immediately-call emergency personnel as
soon as you are out from a neighbor’s phone or your cell phone.
TIP FROM CROSSETT REAL ESTATE
Do not place the alarm in rear of furniture, behind couches-chairs, hanging blankets, near drafts or in closets.
Before you move in any dwelling, make
sure there is a working CO alarm-AND smoke alarms. A good
policy is to personally check each alarm to make sure it works and when
it was installed (new or used). We suggest this policy in your
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This web page was updated on 02/27/2010.