Safety experts promote CO detectors
This week is National Fire Prevention Week, and the FDNY is promoting smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
According to the CDC, more than 400 Americans die every year from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning.
National Grid recommends residents check their chimneys for debris or other blockages, keep space heaters in good condition and never use gas stoves for heating.
Alarms should be checked while in use and replaced every 10 years.
Experts say that a carbon monoxide detector is a crucial part of preventing CO poisoning because the gas is invisible and carries no odor.
Anyone who suspects carbon monoxide may be present in a building should leave the area before calling for help.