Gas appliances, such as water heaters, furnaces and boilers, need plenty of air to operate safely. Otherwise, they will produce excessive, deadly carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and toxic, which means you can’t see, taste or smell it. It causes headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. Carbon monoxide can also kill, so be sure to maintain your gas appliances!!

  • Schedule an annual appliance inspection, cleaning and tune-up by a qualified specialist.
  • Have vents and chimneys inspected by a qualified expert at least once a year.
  • Have a technician check the combustion air provisions for your appliances.
  • Store combustibles and flammables far away from gas appliances.


What is the most important thing to remember when installing a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide (CO) alarm? LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!


  • Consider installing a Carbon Monoxide alarm in the hallway outside of each sleeping room area.
  • Test each CO alarm regularly in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Permanently wired or plug-in CO alarms should have a battery backup. Keep batteries fresh by replacing them annually.


  • Install at least one smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of each sleeping room area and on each level of a multi-level building.
  • Test each smoke alarm regularly.
  • Keep batteries fresh by replacing them annually.
  • Check the manufacturer date on your smoke alarm. Consider replacing if it is over 10 years old.