Auto & Homeowners Newsletter - March 2019

Don't Forget Your Carbon Monoxide Alarm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that an average of 430 deaths occur annually in the United States due to unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. The death rate is highest among those age 65 and older. Other organizations, such as the American Medical Association (AMA), estimate that 20,000 to 30,000 Americans are sickened each year due to this colorless, odorless, and tasteless chemical. The AMA has reported that CO poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States.

To prevent this type of poisoning, consider the following tips.

  • Install CO alarms on every level of your home and outside each bedroom.
  • Verify that everyone in the house knows the difference between the warning sounds of CO alarms and smoke alarms.
  • Choose alarms with the label of a nationally recognized testing lab, such as Underwriters Laboratory.
  • Test such alarms monthly by pressing the "TEST" button.
  • Replace CO alarm batteries on an annual basis.
  • If the CO alarm sounds, go outside and call 911 since emergency responders are trained to deal with this situation.

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