Pawlet Health Officer Annual Report 2018

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

As you heat your home this winter, keep it safe from an invisible, deadly gas – carbon monoxide. Many heating systems burn fuels – like natural gas, propane, oil, or wood – that carbon monoxide (CO). When it’s cold out and homes are closed up tight, carbon monoxide can build to dangerous levels without proper ventilation. You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, so you may not know if your family is at risk. But you can take steps to prevent CO poisoning in your home:

– 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/CO
And check out more tips for staying safe during the winter: http://www.healthvermont.gov/environment/climate/winter-weather