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Change your carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarm batteries
BROOKLYN/HICKSVILLE, NY – Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 4 and while turning your clock back one hour, it’s a good time to change the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms as well as have your furnace serviced for the heating season. The actions you take now could help to keep you and your family safe.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless gas that can be deadly if left undetected. When fuels such as natural gas, butane, propane, wood, coal, heating oil, kerosene, and gasoline don’t burn completely, they can release carbon monoxide into the air. Common sources of carbon monoxide include malfunctioning forced-air furnaces, kerosene space heaters, natural gas ranges, wood stoves, water heaters, fireplaces and motor vehicle engines. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to those of the flu. Depending on the amount of carbon monoxide in the air and length of exposure, symptoms may include headaches, weakness, confusion, chest tightness, skin redness, dizziness, nausea, sleepiness, fluttering of the heart or loss of muscle control.
If you suspect carbon monoxide is present in your home, go outside immediately and call 911. Next, call National Grid’s gas emergency contact number 718-643-4050 for Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island and 1-800-490-0045 for Rockaway Peninsula/Long Island. Do not return to your home until the carbon monoxide source is found. National Grid will respond immediately to all carbon-monoxide related calls for all natural gas customers within its service area – even if you purchase natural gas from an alternative gas supplier or marketer.
National Grid shares the following safety reminders with its customers to help identify and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
Gas Safety Inside or Outside Your Home or Business
Click here for National Grid’s Carbon Monoxide safety brochure. For more information on carbon monoxide prevention visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Division.
For more safety tips, please visit National Grid’s website here.