Notice from Health Officer Bob Morlino: All rental units must have smoke detectors (photoelectric type) and Carbon Monoxide detectors as required by the Vermont Building and Safety Code, Section 3, page 7
Notice from the Vermont Department of Health: Keep Your Home Safe from Carbon Monoxide
– Install a carbon monoxide alarm. Change the batteries regularly and replace the alarm when it expires.
– Have your heating system and other fuel-burning appliances serviced every year.
– Keep the vents outside your home clear of snow and ice.
– If you lose power, only use generators outside – at least 20 feet away from your house.
– Never run a vehicle inside your garage, even if the door is open.
Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness and upset stomach/vomiting. This can sometimes be confused with the flu. If your CO alarm goes off, go outside immediately to get fresh air, then call 911.
For more tips and a video on carbon monoxide safety, visit: http://www.healthvermont.gov/
And check out more tips for staying safe during the winter: http://www.healthvermont.gov/
Notice from the Vermont Department of Health: Test Your Home for Radon
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas present throughout Vermont, estimated to kill 50 Vermonters a year due to radon-related lung cancer. Because you can’t see, smell or taste radon, there is no way of knowing if radon is present in a home unless you test for it.
The Vermont Department of Health recommends all homes be tested. You can obtain a free long-term radon air test kit by calling 800-439-8550 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.