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Save a life this holiday season

Save a life this holiday season

During the long Thanksgiving weekend, a beautiful family of four from Denver went to sleep in an Aspen vacation home and never woke up. The culprit? The "silent killer," carbon monoxide, which seeped into the house because of disconnected piece of the heating and snowmelt system in a crawlspace. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced when any fuel is incompletely burned. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to flu-like illnesses and include Read more [...]
Change your clocks, change your batteries

Change your clocks, change your batteries

Daylight savings time ends this weekend, so while you change your clocks to enjoy an extra hour of sleep, make sure that you also change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Regular testing of these important life safety devices is recommended by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). Most alarms installed today have a life span of about 5-10 years, depending on alarm. If your smoke alarm or carbon monoxide device is older than that, it is time to think about replacing the Read more [...]
ICC moves to require CO alarms

ICC moves to require CO alarms

Congratulations to the ICC and its members for mandating the use of Carbon Monoxide detectors and for the countless lives this decision will help to save in the future! On Sunday, September 21, 2008, the voting members of the International Code Council assembled at the Final Action Hearings in Minneapolis, MN and approved a historic step forward in home safety:  the provision for the installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms in most one and two family dwellings. This proposal was initially Read more [...]
Dangers after the storm…and solutions

Dangers after the storm…and solutions

As devastating as the damage caused by Hurricane Ike last week is, what is equally alarming is the growing number of deaths from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning that have occurred as a result of improper use of portable generators after the storm. Last week the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning about the dangers posed by improper use of portable generators after Hurricane Ike, and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) issued a similar warning. Both agencies - as Read more [...]