· Install CO alarms (listed by an independent testing laboratory) inside your home to provide early warning of accumulating CO.
· CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each separate sleeping area and on each level of the home.
· After purchasing an alarm, call your local fire department's non-emergency telephone number to find out what number to call if the CO alarm sounds (in most cases it's 911). Post that number by your telephone(s) and make sure everyone in the household knows the difference between the fire emergency and CO emergency numbers (if there is a difference).
· Test CO alarms at least once a month, and replace CO alarms and/or its batteries according to the manufacturer's instructions.
· If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle, generator, or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Never leave your vehicle running when it is covered in snow.
· Have fuel-burning household heating equipment (fireplaces, furnaces, water heaters, wood and coal stoves, space or portable heaters) and chimneys inspected by a professional every year before cold weather sets in.
· When using a fireplace, open the flue for adequate ventilation.
· Open a window slightly whenever using a kerosene or gas heater. (Kerosene heaters are illegal in many states. Always check with local authorities before buying or using one.) Only refuel outside, after the device has cooled.
· Never use your oven/range to heat your home.
· Only use barbecue grills – which can produce CO – outside. Never use them in the home or garage.
· When purchasing new heating and cooking equipment, select products tested and labeled by an independent testing laboratory.
· When purchasing an existing home, have a qualified technician evaluate the integrity of the heating and cooking systems, as well as the sealed spaces between the garage and house.
· When camping, remember to use battery-powered heaters and flashlights in tents trailers, and motor homes.
· CO alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home and in or outside all sleeping areas.
· Know the difference between the sound of the smoke alarms and the sound of the CO alarms.