SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health reminds all residents a good time to remember to change and test the batteries on smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms is when setting the clocks twice a year as Daylight Savings Time begins and ends.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.
In 2020, eight people died from carbon monoxide poisoning in New Mexico, and 93 New Mexicans were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning in emergency rooms statewide. If you need more information on this important topic, please visit NM-Tracking – New Mexico’s Environmental Public Health Tracking.
As the weather gets colder, to safeguard ourselves and our homes, the Department of Health recommends residents:
- Have your furnaces, wood-burning stoves, chimneys and ventilation systems inspected annually by a professional to make sure these heating system components are functionally sound and vent properly to the outside. This should be done for homes and buildings including structures used for spiritual and religious purposes and outdoor recreation.
- Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home, as well as battery operated detectors for outdoor use such as in RVs, cabins, barns, and boats. The Environmental Public Health Tracking website has tips for selecting detectors.
- Generators should be run at a safe distance (at least 20 feet) from the home.
- Never run a car in an enclosed space.
- If you suspect you may be experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning, or if your detector sounds an alarm, head outside immediately for fresh air and call 911.
Working smoke alarms are a critical element of home fire safety. but not all smoke alarms are the same or have the same batteries. If the alarm chirps, it is time to replace the batteries.
Visit the New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking Program’s website for more information about carbon monoxide poisoning, symptoms, and for practical information visit the NM-Tracking – Carbon Monoxide Poisoning website. Call the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center at 1-800-222-1222 for guidance on responding to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a reportable (notifiable) condition in the state of New Mexico. Hospitals, clinics, practitioners, and first responders should immediately report any suspected carbon monoxide poisoning by calling 505-827-0006.
We would be happy to provide additional information about this press release. Simply contact Trevor Dermody at 505-470-8573 (Office) with your questions.