This month the Maynard Fire Department has seen a rise in carbon monoxide related calls. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that can build up in your home and cause serious health problems or even worse. Every year about 500 people die as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in their home.
This deadly gas is produced through incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. In other words if it burns wood, gasoline, propane, natural gas, kerosene, diesel fuel or fuel oil, it can cause carbon monoxide. These include appliances such as heaters, stovetops, boilers, furnaces, woodstoves, hot water heaters, clothes dryers and more! Please make sure you have you appliances serviced regularly. Often symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are overlooked because they are similar to those of the flu.
If you suspect carbon monoxide may be in your home, please call us at the Maynard Fire Department. Please see the attached safety flyer put out by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.