● What should I do if I think I have carbon monoxide poisoning? If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, the following actions are recommended: Turn off all combustion appliances, open windows or doors for ventilation, leave your home immediately, and call your fire department and report your symptoms. Consultation with your doctor is also recommended.
● How can I prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in my home? To reduce the risks, observe the following rules:
Have all furnaces, clothes dryers and water heaters inspected yearly by a licensed technician.
Have fireplace chimneys inspected yearly by a qualified chimney sweep prior to use.
Never leave unvented fuel-burning heaters unattended. Preferably a window or door should be opened slightly when unvented appliances are in use.
Never use stoves or cook tops to heat your house.
Install carbon monoxide detectors.
● How and where should I install detectors? The International Residential Code, adapted by the state of Georgia, has required the installation of carbon monoxide alarms “in the general vicinity of each sleeping area”. CO detectors should always be installed following the manufacturer’s instructions. Detectors should meet Underwriters Laboratory standard 2034. This standard should be listed on the detector packaging. Make sure that you test your CO detectors periodically per the manufacturer’s instructions. A detector with a dead battery will not protect you.