The below post was written for us by Kingston\Forty Fort Fire Chief, Frank Guido.
First and foremost, I would recommend that every home have a minimum of one smoke detector on every level of their home. It’s also recommended that all homes have one smoke alarm in every bedroom and that those batteries are changed every time you change the time on your clocks each fall and spring.
Carbon Monoxide is known as the “Deadly Killer” and it is extremely dangerous because you may not even know that it is affecting you. That is why it is very important to have at least one carbon monoxide detector in your home.
Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and you may think you are coming down with the flu as some of the symptoms are very much like the flu. This is why a carbon monoxide detector is so important—it will alert you to a potential problem that you may have otherwise been unaware of.
Carbon monoxide can come from many places, like your stove, your furnace, a hot water heater, a gas powered dryer, or from your chimney if it is blocked. We recommend to have your chimney cleaned on a yearly basis by a certified professional. You should also have your furnace cleaned on a yearly basis. One of the best times to do so is just before the new heating season begins, and this should also be done by a professional.
If any of these alarms activate you should call 911 immediately and evacuate the area. The fire department has meters to find the exact location of the problem, and all the Kingston/Forty Fort firefighters are highly trained on how to use them and what to look for.
Please be safe and remember that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors do save lives. Please call 911 in any emergency.
Frank Guido, Fire Chief
Kingston/Forty Fort Fire Department
600 Wyoming Ave.
Kingston, Pa. 18704
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.