January is the deadliest month for carbon monoxide poisoning

Published: Jan. 1, 2019 at 10:05 AM MST
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At least 430 people die in the U.S. every year from accidental carbon monoxide poisonings. That's according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Grand Junction Fire Department says so far they've responded to 14 carbon monoxide Alarms since November.

They want to help protect you and your family from this silent killer as January is considered the most deadly month.

This deadly gas is odorless and colorless, making leaks hard to detect. It's commonly found in fumes from generators, stoves, lanterns, cars, or by burning charcoal or wood.

Never start your car and leave it running in a closed garage as fumes will build up and it’s a good idea to clear laundry and other vents of outside snow to release those gases.

There are steps you can take to prevent this one of the easiest is buying a carbon monoxide detector.

"Your best safety with carbon monoxide is to make sure that you have functioning detectors on every level of your house, now a common misconception about carbon monoxide is that its heavier than air and the truth is, it's about the same so when your installing your alarm make sure to read the manufacturer's instructions,” said Ellis Thompson-Ellis, Grand Junction Fire Department.

If your alarm is going off, call 9-1-1 straight away. It’s a good idea to keep them close to bedrooms and areas where you spend most. Check them every month to make sure they are working correctly.