CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY
What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a gas you can not see, taste, or smell. It is
created when fuels such as kerosene, gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas,
propane, oil, and methane burn incompletely. Vehicles or generators
running in an attached garage or near a window or door can also produce dangerous
levels of carbon monoxide which could be deadly.
What is the danger?
CO enters your body as you breathe. CO poisoning can be confused with the
flu, food poisoning, and other illnesses. Symptoms include headache,
nausea, dizziness, light-headedness, and shortness of breath. Extremely
high levels of CO can cause death within minutes. A person can be
poisoned by a small amount of CO over a long period of time or by a large
amount of CO over a short period of time.
CO alarms in the home
Install CO alarms outside of sleeping areas and where recommended by
manufactures. Know the difference between smoke alarms and CO
alarms. Replace batteries in CO alarms twice a year and test once a
month. Most CO alarms have shorter life periods than smoke detectors and
should be replaced according to manufacturers recommendations.
If the CO alarm sounds...
Move outdoors or by an open window or door. Account for everyone in the
home. Call 9-1-1 from a fresh air location and remain there until
emergency personnel arrive.
Reducing the carbon monoxide risk
Have all fuel burning home equipment inspected by a professional every
year. Keep dryer, stove, furnace, and fireplace vents clear of ice, snow,
dirt, leaves, and other debris. NEVER use the oven to heat your
home. Only use BBQ grills and generators outside, away from all doors,
windows, and vent openings. NEVER use them in the home or garage or near
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials
Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued Emergency Order Number 2013-002
mandating a recall of all cylinders manufactured by The Lite Cylinder Company,
Inc. (Lite Cylinder), Franklin, Tennessee, and marked as authorized under
DOT-SP 14562 (and DOT-SP-13957 as authorized therein), DOT-SP 13105; any
cylinder requalified under H706, and any cylinders manufactured under
M5729. This recall order also applies to
any person who is in possession of an affected cylinder that is subject to this
order. This action immediately orders
the removal from service of more than 55,000 two-piece fully wrapped fiber
composite cylinders. These cylinders are
largely in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) service.The Lite Cylinder is a see-through
propane tank constructed of composite fiberglass that permits the user to view
the fuel level, eliminating the need for gauges. It can be used for gas grills, patio lighting
and heaters, boating, camping, and industrial uses on machinery such as forklifts;
basically as a replacement for conventional steel cylinders.
The emergency order is based on an
investigation of Lite Cylinder’s operations and production history that
revealed unsafe conditions and practices that PHMSA determined to present an
imminent hazard to public safety.
Additionally, there have been several failures of these cylinders
ranging from leaks to failures that have resulted in injuries and damage to
property. One such failure occurred in
New Jersey in 2012.
These cylinders are commercially
available in home centers, hardware stores, propane filling stations, and even
at on-line outlets such as Amazon.com.
URGENTLY ADVISES CYLINDER OWNERS TO:
Take proper safeguards in
identifying and handling the affected cylinders identiﬁed in this order. Use
the instructions and information provided by Lite Cylinder for the safe
handling and discharge of hazardous materials and for the return shipment of
cylinders. This information will guide
cylinder owners to use only qualified persons, trained in handling cylinders in
accordance with Federal regulations, and to safely discharge, purge, and remove
the valve from the cylinder. Return the purged and empty cylinders to the
manufacturer at the following address: The Lite Cylinder Company, 139 Southeast
Parkway Court, Franklin, TN 37064.
Fire department personnel should be
aware and particularly cautious when responding to incidents that may involve
these cylinders as they may pose greater hazards than conventional steel
cylinders; especially if impinged upon by open flame. As with all incidents, appropriate PPE must
be utilized by all responders.
The full recall order can be found
If you have any questions concerning
this recall you should contact: John
Heneghan, Regional Director (404) 832-1140 email@example.com 233 Peachtree
Street, Suite 602, Atlanta, GA 30303;
or Aaron Mitchell, Director
Field Services Support, (202) 366-4455
firstname.lastname@example.org 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20590.
State Law Prohibits Every Firework Type Except Caps
The Washington Township Fire District
would like to pass along an informative message from the New Jersey Department
of Labor & Workforce Development, Office of Safety Compliance:
Once again, we are entering the
fireworks season and we would like to acquaint you with New Jersey's Fireworks
New Jersey's laws on fireworks,
N.J.S.A. 21:2-1 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 21:3-1 et seq., are very restrictive. In
some states, fireworks are permitted to be sold to, and used by, the public.
However, in New Jersey, only paper or plastic caps for use in toy guns are
Sparkler and novelty items, such as
cigarette loads, trick matches, trick noise makers, smoke grenades, toy
propellants, snaps & pops, poppetts and champagne poppers, as well as
firecrackers, roman candles, rockets, etc., are all illegal in this state. Do
not be fooled by a salesperson who tries to tell you that they are authorized
to be sold by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, or are sold by mail
order houses, or are permitted to be sold in other states, or are permitted to
be shipped by the U.S. Department of Transportation. To repeat - the only fireworks that can legally be sold and used in New Jersey are paper and plastic caps for toy cap guns
The Fireworks Laws are jointly
enforced by municipalities and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce
Development. The law states that the sale or possession of fireworks, with
intent to sell, is a crime of the fourth degree. Any person found guilty of
possessing fireworks, including sparklers, with the intention of selling them,
can be fined up to $7,500 and/or imprisoned up to 18 months. Any person found
using fireworks illegally can be fined up to $500 and/or imprisoned for up to
Summer Fire Safety FOCUS ON FIRE SAFETYSafety tips for grilling and campfiresEvery
year Americans look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions,
picnics, and the Fourth of July.Summertime,
however, also brings fires and injuries due to outdoor cooking and recreational
fires. Annually, there are almost 3,800
Americans injured by gas or charcoal grill fires.Summertime
should be a time of fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following
safety instructions will
help everyone have a safe summer.Residential Grill Fire Facts
Cleaning Stovepipes and ChimneysWith ever-increasing fuel costs, heating with wood has again become very
popular. But this increased use of wood-heating equipment
brings with it the need for constant, careful attention to assure the safe and
efficient use of this heat source. One area often ignored is the special care
needed for the chimney.
Creosote accumulation is the main reason for cleaning a chimney. If the
buildup of creosote on the chimney's inside surface ignites, a chimney fire
results. Chimneys need cleaning to prevent this buildup and thus reduce the
possibility of a chimney fire.
The extremely high temperatures (up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit) of a chimney
fire can damage the chimney. The heat can warp metal chimneys and crack the tile
liner on masonry chimneys.
Never use water on an extremely hot chimney fire, since this quick cooling
can also crack the tile liner or warp the metal chimney. After the fire has been
extinguished, have the chimney checked for warped metal or a cracked tile
If you don't repair cracks or holes in the flue, the next chimney fire could
be even more dangerous. Even during normal use, the sparks generated by the fire
in the stove could go through the cracks or holes into the attic or the
framework surrounding the chimney. This could cause a serious house fire,
resulting in loss of property and possibly loss of life.
To avoid this tragedy, you need to establish a cleaning schedule that will
free your chimney of creosote buildup. This schedule can range from once every
couple of weeks to no less than once a year. How often you clean the chimney
depends on the amount you use your stove, the type of wood you burn, the type of
wood-burning unit you have and the way you operate the unit.
If, however, a chimney fire occurs, follow these steps to reduce your
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