Islip, N.Y. – The Islip Town Board is urging residents to be aware of carbon monoxide safety measures that can reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and save lives. January is “Carbon Monoxide Safety Month”, and Town officials are stressing the importance of installing carbon monoxide alarms as well as taking other preventative measures.
“Portable heaters, generators, and other household appliances can all increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, especially if vents become blocked by snow,” said Councilman Anthony Senft. “This is an issue that we take very seriously, because so many carbon monoxide-related deaths are easily preventable.”
The Islip Town Code mandates that carbon monoxide alarms be installed within 15 feet of a sleeping area inside a residential dwelling. In addition, a carbon monoxide alarm must be installed on any level of a dwelling that contains a carbon monoxide source, such as a space heater.
If you need to warm up your car on a cold morning, make sure that you take the car out of an enclosed space after starting it – simply opening the garage door will not provide enough ventilation! Also, during periods of snowfall, make sure that the exhaust pipe of your vehicle is not clogged with snow. In the event of snow, also make sure that the vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
Like smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms should be tested at least once per month. If the alarm begins to sound then call 911 immediately.