With frigid temps upon us, fire officials press need for smoke, CO detectors

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ROCHESTER - With frigid temperatures now upon us, Rochester Fire Marshal Tim Wilder took the opportunity to remind the public of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and the importance of preventing frozen water pipes.
Properly functioning smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are critical in the winter - the peak time for house fires and carbon monoxide poisonings. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of five fire fatalities in the U.S. occur in homes without smoke alarms or without working carbon monoxide alarms, mainly due to dead or missing batteries. A working CO alarm is the only safe way to detect odorless, colorless and invisible carbon monoxide, which poisons more than 20,000 Americans every year.
Potential sources include a furnace, water heater, fireplace, generator or
any fuel-burning appliance. The State of New Hampshire along with the City of Rochester require CO alarms in every rental unit and every single family and multi-unit building newly constructed or substantially rehabilitated after 2010.
With frigid temperatures starting to move in over the winter season we would like to remind residents to start planning on how they can prevent frozen pipes.
- Keep all living areas of the home at a minimum of 55 degrees Fahrenheit
- Insulate pipes in areas of the home that are susceptible to freezing temperatures
- Monitor your home for open windows, heating failures, and water leaks on a continual basis
- Learn where your shut-offs are in case a failure were to occur
- Never use open flames or torches to thaw frozen pipes
For further information please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Rochester Fire Department.

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