Essex Junction Fire Department
We are a Paid-on-Call Department which covers the Village of Essex Junction. We Offer Fire Protection and Rescue services for our community
We work with Essex Town Fire Department and Essex Rescue to Provide the whole Town of Essex with Fire, Rescue and EMS services!
Winter storms and CO threat
During the winter time Essex Junction Fire Department responds to multiple calls for Carbon Monoxide alarm activations. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, tasteless, and odorless gas. In low amounts CO can make you sick but at higher levels it is known to be fatal. Co is caused by incomplete combustion. Sources of CO inside your home could be wood stoves, fireplaces, stoves, water heaters, and other gas accessories. CO is heavier then air and will usually settle in low areas to include the floor or n the basement. All homes should install one CO detector on each floor, either separate from the smoke detector or a combined detector. You should educate yourself on what it sounds like when it goes into alarm. Many times CO alarms sound different then your smoke detector, even if they are built into one another. Many homeowners do not evacuate their homes even when the detector goes of because the different alarm confuses them. CO alarms usually activate when they detect 40 Parts per million of CO, so it is best not to put the detector right next to the sources. For more information on the risk of CO please go to the National Comfort Institute site which provides a chart. http://www.stopcarbonmonoxide.com/files/CO%20Levels_Risk%20Chart.pdf We also have it available in our links page.