Pittsburg Fire Dept. Offers Free Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Pittsburg Fire Dept. Offers Free Carbon Monoxide Detectors
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A $2500 Walmart Community Grant will allow the Pittsburg Fire Department to purchase and distribute carbon monoxide detectors to citizens at no charge. The department will buy 125 battery operated CO detectors. They are available at the fire department while supplies last. Property owners are responsible for acquiring CO detectors for commercial or rental properties.

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas referred to as the “invisible killer” because of its colorless, odorless nature. The Pittsburg Fire Department responded to 23 carbon monoxide incidents from August 2017 to August 2018.

The gas is created when fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane burn incompletely. Heating and cooking equipment that burns fuel can also be a source of carbon monoxide.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CO poisoning was responsible for nearly 400 deaths in 2015 alone, with 36 percent of those incidents occurring in December, January or February.

For more information, contact the Pittsburg Fire Department at (620) 231-1870.