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The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide and Radon Inside Your Home

Carbon monoxide or radon gas found inside your home can be fatal. Understand symptoms of exposure and the detection tools you can to keep your home safe.
Date Posted: July 2, 2021

Protect Your Home From Carbon Monoxide and Radon


Install Testing Kits  

Installing alarms is a homeowner’s best line of defense against carbon monoxide and/or radon exposure. Testing kits and detectors can be purchased at your local hardware store or online.  

When you are ready to install your testing kits: 

  • Install detectors in centralized areas of your home to ensure the alarms can be heard in each room
  • Replace sensors and batteries according to the manufacturer’s recommendations 
  • Perform routine tests on all detectors to ensure they are working properly 

My Alarm Went Off: Now What?     

If no one is feeling ill:  

  • Silence the alarm 
  • Turn off all appliances and heating sources   
  • Open doors and windows to ventilate the house 
  • Contact a professional to conduct an inspection  

If illness is a factor:  

  • Evacuate immediately  
  • Determine how many occupants are ill and their symptoms  
  • Go to an emergency room or call 911  
  • Do not re-enter the home without approval from the fire department or a professional     
  • Contact your heating service to repair the gas leak 

How to Prevent CO and Radon Poisoning    

  • Never use an oven to heat your home  
  • Seal any cracks in your home/building's foundation  
  • Have a professional inspect all fuel systems regularly
  • Never keep your vehicle running in a garage, even with the door open

For more information on carbon monoxide poisoning, contact the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services at 800-648-6942.  

For more information on radon, contact the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) at 800-723-6642 (800-RADONGAS).  

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