Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Have you tested your alarms yet this month?

The only way to know that detectors for smoke, carbon monoxide and propane are functioning properly is to test them regularly. If it's been more then a few weeks since you checked, why not test them now to make sure your family is still being protected?

North Yarmouth Fire Rescue Smoke Detector Campain

North Yarmouth Fire Rescue is announcing its 2015-2016 Smoke Detector campaign. This campaign is offered to all residents of the Town of North Yarmouth in efforts to promote Fire Safety and increase awareness. Residential homes only are eligible for the campaign. North Yarmouth Fire Rescue in conjunction with Patriot Insurance, have recognized the importance of protecting our residents as safely as possible. North Yarmouth Fire Rescue will be offering Free Fire and Smoke alarm inspections to our citizens that are interested in the program. We will also offer Smoke and/or Carbon Monoxide to those residents that cannot afford a device for their home.This program began on September 19, 2015 and will continue as funding allows.

Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide

Safety Tips

  1. Have your home heating system checked annually by a trained service technician to include your chimneys and vents.
  2. Never use portable generators inside your home or garage, even if doors and windows are left open. Use generators outside only and atleast 10' away from any door or window
  3. Never bring a charcoal or gas grill into your home or garage for heating or cooking
  4. Open the fire place damper before lighting a fire and keep it open until the ashes are cool
  5. When cleaning out your woodstove, bring your ashes outside immediatley, do not let them cool in in the continer inside the residence. These ashes can still give off Carbon Monoxide until completly extinguished
  6. Install Carbon Monoxide detectors on every level of your home
  7. Know the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 

Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and otherwise undetectable to human senses.

  1. Headache
  2. Fatigue
  3. Shortness of Breath
  4. Nausea
  5. Dizzyness

High Levels of Carbon Monoxide Poisioning results in more severe symptoms

  1. Mental Confusion
  2. Vomitting
  3. Loss of muscular coordination
  4. Loss of consciousness
  5. Death

Symptom severity is related to both the CO level and the duration of expoure. For slowly developing CO propblems, occupants and professionals can mistake mild to moderate CO poisioning for the flu, which sometimes results in tragic death. For rapidly developing high level CO exposures, occupants can rapidly become mentaly confused and can loose muscle control without having first experianced milder symptoms

Maine Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements Title 25 subsection 2468

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/25/title25sec2468.html