Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 4:13am
The new state law that goes into effect today requires carbon monoxide alarms in all single family and two-unit homes, with an alarm on every floor level, and near sleeping areas.
Existing homes may install any type of CO alarms; battery, plug-in, or combination smoke/CO devices. Alarms in newly-constructed housing must be hard-wired with a battery back-up.
The City of Madison Fire Department is encouraging all residents to get their alarms sooner than later, especially with the wintry weather headed our way.
• Keep chimneys, heating and dryer vents clear of snow and ice to prevent a buildup of CO in your home.
• Resist the temptation to warm your car in the garage - even with the garage door open, carbon monoxide in living spaces is the likely result.
Alarms do not need to be installed in the attic, garage or storage area of homes.
If the alarm sounds:
• If anyone is feeling ill or having flu-like symptoms (nausea, headache, dizziness) leave the house immediately and call 911
• If there are no signs of illness, turn off any fuel-burning equipment, open windows to bring fresh air into the home, and call your utility company or a heating contractor to inspect your system for problems.
- Lori Wirth, (608) 266-5947