Fire prevention week
October 3-9 is Fire Prevention Week and this year's campaign wants you to “learn the sounds of fire safety." Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and those around you safe.
Carbon monoxide alarms
While natural gas is a safe, reliable fuel, follow these tips to keep your home safe:
- Test carbon monoxide (CO) alarms each month and replace batteries every year.
- Use an alarm that meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
- Have fuel-burning appliances inspected annually by a TSSA Technician
- Keep outside vents for furnaces, fireplaces, water heaters and clothes dryers clear of debris, snow and ice.
CO alarm sounds:
- A continuous set of four loud beeps means carbon monoxide is present in your home. Go outside and call 911.
- A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be replaced.
- If you replace the battery and it continues to chirp, the alarm is at the end of its life and must be replaced.
- Carbon monoxide alarms also have “end of life" sounds that vary depending on your alarm model. These sounds mean it is time to get a new alarm. Search the brand and model online to learn more about your model's sound.
Learn more about preventing carbon monoxide in your home.