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What should you do if the CO detector alarm sounds?
First of all, never ignore an alarm and do not panic! Although exposure to high levels of CO over prolonged periods of time can be life- threatening, a large number of instances that activate the CO alarm are not life-threatening and do not require calling 911. To determine the need to call 911, ask the following question to everyone in the household.
Are you feeling sick and/or experiencing the "flu-like" symptoms of dizziness, nausea, or headaches?
Immediately evacuate the household to a safe location and call 911. The best initial treatment for CO exposure is fresh air followed by treatment from a physician.
The likelihood of a serious exposure is greatly reduced and calling 911 is not necessary at this time. Instead, turn off any gas appliances or equipment and open doors and windows to help ventilate your home with fresh air from outside. After completing this, occupants are urged to contact your local gas utility company
or a qualified heating and ventilating service contractor to inspect your system for possible problems. Note: If at any time during this process someone in your household experiences "flu-like" symptoms, immediately evacuate the home and call 911.
Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a clear, odorless gas produced by burning fuels like natural gas, propane, oil, wood, kerosene or charcoal. At high levels, CO can kill a person in minutes. Fetuses, infants, older adults and people with anemia or a history of heart or respiratory disease can be especially susceptible.
Common CO causes
Fuel-burning appliances that are not vented properly or that are used incorrectly including gas ranges/ovens, water heaters, furnaces, clothes dryers, etc.
Gasoline-powered snow blowers, emergency generators, lawn mowers, etc.
Idling cars.
Charcoal or gas grills.
Symptoms of CO poisoning
Low levels of CO poisoning may cause shortness of breath, nausea or headaches.
Moderate levels can cause severe headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea or fainting.
Moderate levels of exposure over a long period of time can cause death.
Many of these symptoms are similar to those caused by the flu, food poisoning or other illnesses.
Be safe
If you think you have symptoms caused by CO poisoning:
Get fresh air immediately. Open doors and windows.
Call 911 if you have CO poisoning symptoms and seek medical attention. Typically, this means an emergency room visit.
Leave the house.
If no one has CO poisoning symptoms, call your gas company. There will probably be a fee to have a technician come to your home.
Take steps to prevent CO poisoning:
Have appliances or equipment that burn fuels such as natural gas, propane, oil or wood inspected by a trained professional at the beginning of every heating season. This includes your furnace, water heater, range, oven, dryer, space heater and fireplace.
Purchase and install CO alarms that are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved. Do not use an alarm as a substitute for proper use and maintenance of your appliances and equipment.
Remember these important tips:
Don't use a gas oven to heat your home, even for a short time.
Don't use a charcoal grill indoors, even in a fireplace.
Don't ignore symptoms, especially if more than one person has them. If you do nothing, you could lose consciousness and die.
CO detectors
NESVFD recommends at least one CO alarm in every home. We prefer plug-in alarms rather than battery-operated models. No battery changing is required.
Read the owner's manual and follow manufacturer's instructions.
Look for the UL label. Only buy an alarm that meets UL Standard 2034.
Install your detector on a wall near a sleeping area so you wake up if an alarm sounds.
Test the unit regularly. All units have a test button.
Important:
If you have a question about CO Alarms and you live outside the Northeast Stokes Fire district please contact Stokes County Fire Marshal business email. If you have a question about CO Alarms and you live inside the Northeast Stokes Fire district please contact Northeast Stokes Volunteer Fire & Rescue at
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What should you do if the CO detector alarm sounds?
First of all, never ignore an alarm and do not panic! Although exposure to high levels of CO over prolonged periods of time can be life-threatening, a large number of instances that activate the CO alarm are not life-threatening and do not require calling 911. To determine the need to call 911, ask the following question to everyone in the household.
Are you feeling sick and/or experiencing the "flu-like" symptoms of dizziness, nausea, or headaches?
If YES: Immediately evacuate the household to a safe location and call 911. The best initial treatment for CO exposure is fresh air followed by treatment from a physician.
If NO: The likelihood of a serious exposure is greatly reduced and calling 911 is not necessary at this time. Instead, turn off any gas appliances or equipment and open doors and windows to help ventilate your home with fresh air from outside. After completing this, occupants are urged to contact your local gas utility company or a qualified heating and ventilating service contractor to inspect your system for
possible problems. Note: If at any time during this process someone in your household experiences "flu-like" symptoms, immediately evacuate the home and call 911.
Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a clear, odorless gas produced by burning fuels like natural gas, propane, oil, wood, kerosene or charcoal. At high levels, CO can kill a person in minutes. Fetuses, infants, older adults and people with anemia or a history of heart or respiratory disease can be especially susceptible.
Common CO causes
Fuel-burning appliances that are not vented properly or that are used incorrectly including gas ranges/ovens, water heaters, furnaces, clothes dryers, etc.
Gasoline-powered snow blowers, emergency generators, lawn mowers, etc.
Idling cars.
Charcoal or gas grills.
Symptoms of CO poisoning
Low levels of CO poisoning may cause shortness of breath, nausea or headaches.
Moderate levels can cause severe headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea or fainting.
Moderate levels of exposure over a long period of time can cause death.
Many of these symptoms are similar to those caused by the flu, food poisoning or other illnesses.
Be safe
If you think you have symptoms caused by CO poisoning:
Get fresh air immediately. Open doors and windows.
Call 911 if you have CO poisoning symptoms and seek medical attention. Typically, this means an emergency room visit.
Leave the house.
If no one has CO poisoning symptoms, call your gas company. There will probably be a fee to have a technician come to your home.
Take steps to prevent CO poisoning:
Have appliances or equipment that burn fuels such as natural gas, propane, oil or wood inspected by a trained professional at the beginning of every heating season. This includes your furnace, water heater, range, oven, dryer, space heater and fireplace.
Purchase and install CO alarms that are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved. Do not use an alarm as a substitute for proper use and maintenance of your appliances and equipment.
Make sure that the exhaust vents, flues and chimneys in your home are working properly.
Remember these important tips:
Don't use a gas oven to heat your home, even for a short time.
Don't use a charcoal grill indoors, even in a fireplace.
Don't ignore symptoms, especially if more than one person has them. If you do nothing, you could lose consciousness and die.
CO detectors
NESVFD recommends at least one CO alarm in every home. We prefer plug-in alarms rather than battery-operated models. No battery changing is required.
Read the owner's manual and follow manufacturer's instructions.
Look for the UL label. Only buy an alarm that meets UL Standard 2034.
Install your detector on a wall near a sleeping area so you wake up if an alarm sounds.
Test the unit regularly. All units have a test button.
Important:
 A CO alarm should never be a substitute for having your heating system serviced regularly.
If you have question about CO Alarms and you live outside the Northeast Stokes Fire district please contact Scott Aaron Fire Marshal at his business email. If you have question about CO Alarms and you live inside the Northeast Stokes Fire district please contact Northeast Stokes Fire & Rescue at
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