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Use Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Fire Alarms for Home Safety

Posted: Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 6:22 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Iowa had 31 carbon monoxide related deaths in 2017, the highest number in a single year in Iowa this century. With cold temperatures and a variety of heat sources being used Washington County Emergency Management Coordinator Marissa Reisen urges residents to have safety measures at home, “Get those carbon monoxide detectors and make sure you have battery operated ones, battery back. And since we did just fall back, you should’ve checked the batteries in your smoke alarms or smoke detectors. If you haven’t done that, go ahead and do that. And if you haven’t had your furnace checked out, check your filter.” Last year, Iowa had 56 fire fatalities and so far this year there have been 31, including one in Keokuk County.