Carbon Monoxide Safety Warning

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.

Composting is EASY and Helps Reduce Greenhouse Gases

The Board of Health reminds everyone that composting is a great way to recycle our organic “waste” into a beneficial soil amendment for our yards and gardens. Composting at home can also help reduce methane production at landfills. Using the compost in our landscapes helps store carbon in the soil instead of releasing it to the atmosphere. Compost creates healthy soil, reducing or eliminating the need for fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation. We can reduce our trash by 50 percent or more by composting.

It’s easy to make compost, and the Town of Maynard makes it even easier by offering rodent- resistant home composting bins for $35.00, over 50% off the retail price. To obtain a discounted compost bin, please contact or visit the Board of Health office.

Click here to learn more about composting…