FEMA Supports CPSC Release Of Carbon Monoxide Guidelines For First Responders

Emmitsburg, MD – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has joined with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in announcing a new document to help first responders being called to residential carbon monoxide incidents. The new document, titled: Responding to Residential Carbon Monoxide Incidents-Guidelines for Fire and Other Emergency Responders” is available at http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/FOIA/FOIA04/os/Resident.pdf.

“This CPSC guideline is designed to help emergency response personal act quickly and accurately when responding to carbon monoxide emergencies,” said U.S. Fire Administrator R. David Paulison. “Carbon monoxide is a real threat to all of us — as recent events like the generator use during the recent blackouts and now the need for winter heating have demonstrated. I am pleased to join with the CPSC to ensure our first responders get this information.”

The new document will help responders:

  • ensure their own protection from carbon monoxide when entering an occupancy;
  • confirm whether a carbon monoxide hazard exists;
  • make a preliminary assessment of potential sources of elevated carbon monoxide;
  • give advice to the occupants on how to prepare home for re-entry;
  • promote carbon monoxide awareness and safe practices throughout a community.

For more information, visit www.usfa.fema.gov.

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