Carbon Monoxide Safety

Learn What to Do

Every day, we count on heating systems to warm our homes and businesses, stoves to cook our meals, hot water heaters to warm our showers, and lawn mowers and snow blowers to keep our surroundings manicured and clear.

Most of the time, fuel-burning appliances and equipment work as expected to make our lives easier and more convenient. But when they don’t work as they should, or are used improperly, they can cause a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide (CO) in the air.

You cannot see or smell CO, but small amounts are in the air whenever fuel is burned. These amounts are usually not harmful, but when too much builds up it can cause CO poisoning, which can be deadly.

While CO poisoning is a year-round threat, it is more common in cold weather when fuel-burning heating equipment is in use. Be familiar with the symptoms of CO poisoning, including headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and confusion. They can occur immediately or gradually after long-term exposure. 

If you think there are high levels of CO in your home or business, go outside! If there is a medical emergency, such as someone falling unconscious, take the person outside to fresh air and then call 911. Wait outside or go to a neighbor’s until help arrives. 

CO poisoning is dangerous, but there are simple things you can do to reduce your risk:

  • Make sure all fuel-burning appliances and equipment are maintained and operate properly. Improperly vented fireplaces can also give off CO.
  • Install a CO detector in every area of your home. They can provide an early warning before CO builds up to dangerous levels.
  • Never use ovens or clothes dryers for heating. 
  • Do not allow vehicles, snow blowers, lawn mowers or any gasoline-powered engine to idle in a garage – especially if the garage is attached to your home or business. CO can drift inside and create a hazardous situation

At PSE&G, safety is our top priority. That’s why we want you to be aware of the danger that high levels of CO can create and take steps to prevent CO poisoning. To learn more, go to pseg.com/gassafety.

Valley Road Fire 10/22/2020

Haworth Volunteer Fire Department, NJ

2tSpe1olcidnshored  · At 20:47 hours on 10/22/20 the Haworth Fire Department was dispatched to the intersection of Valley Rd. and Haworth Ave. for a reported structure fire. Chiefs 151 and 152 arrived on scene and found a detached garage and debris on fire in the rear yard. Haworth units stretched two attack lines and knocked down the bulk of the fire. Mutual aid companies arrived on scene and assisted with forcible entry as well as overhaul. All companies operated for approximately 2 hours before returning in service. No injuries to residents or FFs were reported. Thank you to Demarest Fire Department, Dumont Volunteer Fire Department and New Milford NJ Volunteer Fire Department for mutual aid to the scene and borough coverage.Photos by members and Btfirephotos

Haworth FD Valley Road Crew

COVID-19

COVID-19 Message from the Haworth Fire Department
To all Haworth Residents:
The Chiefs, Officers and members of the Haworth Volunteer Fire Department want to reassure all of you that we remain committed to providing fire and rescue services to our community whenever we are called upon to do so.
We have always maintained a high standard of pre-hospital emergency care, and will continue to do so in the face of the current coronavirus situation.
We recommend that everyone follow the guidelines outlined by the federal goverment at cdc.gov
Please remember that we are a volunteer organization, always ready and willing to help. We need your help to continue to be able to serve our community, without fear of being quarantined ourselves due to unnecessary exposure risks.
Therefore, we ask that you help us help you by letting the 9-1-1 or BC Com caller taker know if you are experiencing ANY flu-like symptoms and/or if your home is under quarantine for any reason.
In addition, please place a sign on your door that will alert our EMS and fire personnel to take all appropriate precautions before entering your home or business.


We appreciate your understanding and assistance.

Thank you!
SHA

 

Categories Uncategorized