We dodged it as long as we could this year, but Winter has taken a firm grip now and we're all back to heating our homes. There are a multitude of ways people heat places, but all come with some risk. Yes, there is a risk of fire from anything that generates heat, but if there is combustion involved, there is a chance there could be carbon monoxide.
Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer. It's an odorless, tasteless gas that is produced anytime you burn fuels and it can build up in homes and poison humans and animals that breathe it. According to the CDC, every year 400 Americans die from carbon monoxide poisoning, 20,000 visit the emergency room and 4000 are hospitalized. CLICK HERE to visit the CDC website for more statistics and information about carbon monoxide.
In Muskegon, the statistics are staggering as to how many homes are not protected by the proper smoke detectors, let alone the proper devices for carbon monoxide detection, but.. it's as simple as a phone call to make sure your home is taken care of properly. Safe Kids is part of Mercy Health and they have just received a grant and along with Kidde and a joint mission of area fire departments, they want to make sure your family is safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide and the best part is, it won't cost you a penny. This program is open to owner occupied homes and all it takes is a non emergency call to your local fire department to get the process started.
Once you get a time, trained fire fighters will visit your home, they will take a look at what you have currently and help you out with what you need. They can also help with an evacuation plan, maybe show you an area or two that could be a problem if a fire occurs and most of all, they can check and make sure your equipment is up to date, and able to perform at it's best to save you and your family.
Holly Alway is the injury prevention coordinator at Mercy Health and she is also the grant writer who's helped bring this opportunity to Muskegon for Safe Kids West Michigan along with Kidde to help make your home safer. Ted Karnitz is the Fire Marshall of Norton Shores and Scott Hemmelsbach is the acting Fire Marshall of Muskegon. We all met up at the Muskegon Central Fire Department to talk about the dangers, and the ways you can get a hand from any of the county's fire departments to help protect your home and family. Take a listen.
Time to take advantage of this great opportunity. Don't wait! It's a free service as long as the equipment is available and there is nothing to lose by setting up an appointment to have your home checked over. In Norton Shores cal 231-799-6809, in Muskegon call 231-724-6793.