Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon Monoxide is often called the invisible killer since it is an invisible, odorless and colorless gas. Below are some guidelines that can assist you in keeping you and your family safe.

  • CO alarms should be installed in hallways within 10 feet of bedrooms or sleeping areas.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instruction for placement and mounting height.
  • Choose a CO alarm that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Test CO alarms at least once a month; replace them according to the manufacture's instructions.
  • If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call 9-1-1 and/or your local Gas Utility Provider. 
  • If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location.
  • During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow buildup.
  • A generator should always be used in a well ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
  • Gas or charcoal grills can produce CO, always use them outdoors.codetector

Any question please call the Fire Prevention Bureau (973-992-2373) Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.