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Practice preventative carbon monoxide poisoning measures

When temperatures fall, carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings rise. Emergency room visits and hospitalizations from CO poisoning increase late fall through February. A few cautionary steps can help prevent CO issues.

  • Install and check CO alarms. Minnesota state law requires alarms in all single- and multi-family residences within 10 feet of each room used for sleeping (some exceptions for multi-family housing.) Replace your alarms every five years or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have furnaces and wood-burning stoves professionally inspected and checked for proper venting every year.
  • Never run a gasoline or propane heater or a grill inside your home or garage. Properly vent and maintain fuel-burning appliances. When there are no electrical outlets available, use battery-powered alarms in areas such as tents, cabins, RVs, enclosed boats and other areas where fuel-burning devices may be present.
  • Operate generators 20 feet or more from the home or garage.
  • Never run a car in an enclosed space. To idle, back out of the garage.

Visit blm.mn/COhelp or call 952-563-8933 to request smoke alarm installation assistance or learn more about other fire department services.