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Anchorage Fire Department
Monday March 13th, 2017 :: 06:07 p.m. AKDT


Anchorage Home Builders Association and AFD Team Up to Distribute Free Carbon Monoxide Alarms

In 2016, the Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) responded to 462 Carbon Monoxide (CO) incidents. In an effort to promote CO alarms in all residential structures, the Anchorage Home Builders Association, with the cooperation of the AFD, are giving away 500 CO alarms beginning Tuesday, March 14th, at 10 A.M. The CO alarms will be available at all AFD fire stations.

300 of the CO alarms will be distributed to the public at AFD fire stations on a first come basis. This will include instructions from firefighters on the hazards of CO and how to place a CO alarm in the home. The remaining 200 alarms will be placed on AFD fire apparatus for distribution during 911 responses where no working CO alarms are found.

Safety Tips

  • CO is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that cannot be detected without a CO alarm.  
  • CO has almost the same vapor density as atmospheric air – this means CO will flow with natural air currents in the home, not sink or rise.
  • Alarms only work if they are activated – take the alarm out of the package and place the battery in the device. 
  • Test the alarm once a month so you know it is operational and recognize the distinct sound of a CO alarm compared to a low battery indicator sound.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height. Replace them according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
  • During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
  • A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
  • Gas or charcoal grills can produce CO — only use outside.
  • If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for.
  • Call 911 from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel arrive.
  • If possible, but not delaying exiting the structure, keep the windows and doors closed on your way out. This helps the crews locate the source of the CO.

Access the links for further information on CO (the last link is a video):

Anchorage Fire Department
100 E 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-227-9473

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