Tag: Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning The “Silent Killer” Can be Prevented

Big Bear Lake, Ca, November 16th, 2015 – Winter is fast approaching, and the Fire Department encourages everyone to practice safe winter heating.  Big Bear Valley residents and tourists alike are now lighting pilot lights and finding other ways to keep warm during the chill of the season. When not functioning properly, the heating appliances that are keeping us warm, can turn deadly quickly.  Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that produces flu-like symptoms in its victims such as severe headaches, dizziness, mental confusion, nausea and/or faintness. If carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected, get fresh air immediately and seek medical attention as soon as possible. The best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to have gas-fed, flame producing appliances serviced annually by a professional, in addition to installing carbon monoxide detectors.  Carbon Monoxide detectors are required, by law, to be placed in the home outside sleeping areas, as well as on each level of the home, and in the basement.   It is also a good idea to place detectors near the home’s conventional heating source.  Carbon Monoxide detectors should be tested monthly and replaced every 5–7 years. Other ways to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning include visually inspecting your water heater, furnace and clothes dryer flues for signs of damage or obstruction. Birds and squirrels are known for building nests or hiding food in in the exhaust...

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Time to Change Clocks and Check Batteries

Big Bear Valley, CA, November 1, 2013 – Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday at 2:00 a.m., when clocks should be turned back one hour to 1:00 a.m. Here’s a smart way to use that “extra hour” we’ll gain on Sunday:  test and change batteries on life saving devices like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and flashlights. Every year at this time, the San Bernardino County Fire Department reminds residents that nearly a quarter of smoke alarm failures are due to dead batteries, and the majority of home fire fatalities are in homes with no working smoke alarms. Not all alarms are alike. An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, while a photoelectric smoke alarm is more sensitive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, either install both types of alarms or a combination alarm that uses both technologies.  There are even alarms that let you record a brief message for your children, alarms for the hearing impaired, and alarms that have built-in carbon monoxide detectors....

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New Law Requires Carbon Monoxide Detectors In Each California Home

Big Bear, Ca, July 20, 2011, 12:00pm – As of July 1stnew legislation went into effect requiring homeowners to install carbon monoxide detectors in every California Home.  According to CalFire this new legislation will save lives and each year carbon monoxide poisoning kills an average of 480 people, and sending more than 20,000 people to the hospital.  According to the Big Bear City Fire Department local merchants are promoting this new bill and have displays for residents to purchase carbon monoxide detectors.  Cal Fire wants to educate residents on the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.  At moderate CO levels, an affected person can get severe headaches, become dizzy, mentally confused, nauseated or faint, and those affected can even die if these levels persist for a long time.  Low CO levels can cause shortness of breath, mild nausea, mild headaches, and may have longer term effects on your health.  If you think you are being affected by Carbon Monoxide, call 911, get fresh air immediately, do not re-enter the premises affected by CO until cleared by emergency personnel, go to an emergency room and tell the physician you suspect of CO poisoning.  Fire agencies suggest that you install Carbon Monoxide alarms outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home including the basement. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30912.mp3|titles=Carbon...

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