CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS & SMOKE ALARMS
New Ohio Fire Code requirement effective January 1, 2019:
All new and existing “residential” occupancies are required to have carbon monoxide alarms if they have a fuel burning appliance such as a stove, furnace, fire place, or hot water heater. “All electric” occupancies are not required to have carbon monoxide detectors unless they have an attached garage. Battery operated carbon monoxide alarms are a suitable alternative to hardwired alarms in retrofit applications. Generally, carbon monoxide alarms should be installed in each bedroom. For additional information, CLICK HERE
Smoke alarms alert occupants to fires and help give them time to escape. About 3 in every 5 residential fire deaths occur in homes that either do not have a smoke alarm, or do not have one that works (NFPA.org). For information on fire safety, installing and testing smoke alarms, and other home safety information visit : www.homesafetycouncil.org
If you are a citizen of Bowling Green and are in need of a carbon monoxide detector or smoke alarm, contact the Bowling Green Fire Division at 419-352-3651.
The Bowling Green Fire Division has numerous pamphlets on fire safety at the Court Street Fire Station (552 East Court Street).
SPACE HEATER SAFETY TIPS
- Purchase a heater with the seal of a qualified testing laboratory.
- Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including people.
- Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection.
- Place the heater on a solid, flat surface.
- Make sure your heater has an auto shut-off to turn the heater off if it tips over.
- Keep space heaters out of the way of foot traffic.
- Never block an exit.
- Keep children away from the space heater.
- Plug the heater directly into the wall outlet.
- Never use an extension cord.
- Space heaters should be turned off and unplugged when you leave the room or go to bed.
If your space heater catches fire, call 911 immediately. If possible, close the door to the room where the space heater is located before exiting the building.
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