Keeping your family safe from carbon monoxide during the holidays

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Fire Department responded to two carbon monoxide incidents at separate locations this weekend.

The Fire Department suggests that you have all appliances looked at ever so often to ensure your safety.

"If you have gas or anything else that you heat with be sure that you have those appliances checked and serviced by a qualified technician," said Captain, Shawn Nance.

Carbon monoxide gives no indicators that it's in your home, so it's important to react to symptoms that may show signs that you could be breathing the deadly gas.

"Carbon monoxide usually carries a lot of flu like symptoms minus the fever the thing that most people notice first is headaches and dizziness," explained Nance.

Some people make the mistake by starting their car to get the heat going without opening their garage door first.

"A car sitting in the garage running will fill the house with carbon monoxide," said Nance.

A carbon monoxide detector works just like a fire detector and if working properly, it can make all the difference.

"They've come a long way in the last few years so you don't get as many false alarms as they used to but they will go off at a lower level and that's what you want," said Nance.

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