NYC FIRE DEPARTMENT WARNS
ALL NEW YORKERS
OF THE DANGERS OF CARBON MONOXIDE
In light of the tragedy
last night in the Bronx that took the life of a young girl
and her father as they slept, the New York City Fire Department
would like to warn all New Yorkers of the dangers of carbon
CO is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas
produced by the combustion of wood or fossil fuels such as
coal, petroleum products, other fuel gases and wood. CO is
deadly. Approximately 1500 people die each year in the U.S.
as a result of CO poisoning.
Signs of CO poisoning may include headache,
loss of alertness, flu like symptoms such as nausea, fatigue,
confusion and overall weakness.
If you feel that you are suffering from the
effects of CO poisoning or that your home may have a CO leak
immediately open all of the windows and remove yourself from
your home and call the Fire Department.
- While a CO detector may help to alert you to the presence
of elevated CO levels it is important to make sure that
plumbing, heating and other gas powered equipment in your
home is properly maintained and serviced regularly by
a licensed professional.
- Keep chimneys clean and maintain chimney flues.
- Do not attempt to heat your home with the oven. Burning
gas in a closed house or apartment uses up oxygen and
produces deadly carbon monoxide
- Never keep your car idling in the garage and never
turn on gas powered equipment, such as snow blowers, chainsaws
or generators inside your home and garage.
- Kerosene heaters are dangerous and illegal
in New York City. If you use electric heaters make sure
that they are U.L. rated, and kept away from any combustible
materials such as draperies and linens. Unplug electric
blankets and portable electric heaters when not in use.
- Make sure you have a working smoke detector in every
bedroom and on every level. Check and change the batteries
Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / David Biling
(FDNY) (718) 999-2056