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How to avoid the 'silent killer'

The Rochester Fire Department tells KIMT how to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Posted: Mar. 26, 2018 11:12 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- Following the recent death of an Iowa family, city officials tell KIMT what others can do to prevent tragedies like this from happening.

Though it has not been confirmed that the cause of the family's death was carbon monoxide poisoning, a Rochester firefighter tells KIMT often times water heaters can leak carbon monoxide. 

Now, Chad Kuhlman who is a firefighter with the Rochester Fire Department says, "Have carbon monoxide alarms installed in your home on every level at least in 10 feet or less from all sleeping areas in the home." 

He calls carbon monoxide the 'silent killer' because, "You can't smell it, you can't taste it, and you don't know its there unless you actually have one of these carbon monoxide alarms installed in your home."

Nationwide has the following tips online for water heater safety:

A poor draft can cause fumes and carbon monoxide to come back into the room instead of going outside. To maintain good ventilation make sure that:

The vent is the same diameter as the tank's draft diverter
The vent goes straight up and out, without any dips
Where it passes through walls or roofs, it is double-walled. Single-walled vent sections should be screwed with 3 screws per section, especially in earthquake zones

For more information, click here.

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