Safety First!

As an electrician, my most important job is installing safety. That includes following safe wiring practices, installing inherently safe hook-ups for backup generators, and installing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in homes.

Yearly:

  • 500 people die from Carbon Monoxide exposure in their homes,
  • 20,000 visit emergency rooms for CO exposure,
  • 3,000 people die in home fires.

The winter heating season is the time of the highest risk. Woodstoves, ash buckets, boilers, furnaces, and kerosene space heaters all contribute to the danger of fire and CO exposure. Please make sure you have working smoke and CO alarms throughout your home.

Carbon Monoxide alarms should be placed in rooms where people sleep. If that includes in front of the TV, then put one in that room too!

Smoke alarms should be installed in and near bedrooms, but away from areas which might cause false alarms such as kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces and woodstoves. Your local fire department is a great resource, and a trained fire safety expert can provide advice to help you safeguard your home and your family. What’s more important than that?

Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Alarms — Don’t stay home without them!