Tips for Safe Indoor Use Of Fuel-Burning Appliances
Sources: Larry Piercy and Consumer Products Safety Commission
Produced by incomplete burning of any fuel, carbon monoxide (CO) has been called the “senseless killer” because this gas has no smell, taste or color. Yet it kills nearly 300 people a
year and sends some 10,000 others to hospital emergency rooms.
Following safety tips from the Consumer Products Safety Commission will help prevent a CO mishap for your family and friends.
Regularly examine vents and chimneys for improper connections. Also check these for visible rust or stains which can indicate carbon monoxide presence.
Always operate gasoline-powered generators outdoors. Opening doors and windows or operating fans won’t guarantee safety when a generator is used indoors.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation of a gasoline-powered
generator. Use a heavy duty, outdoor-rated cord with a wire gauge adequate to carry the electrical load for the individual appliances plugged into the generator. Don’t operate more
appliances and equipment than the output rating of the generator.
Avoid using gasoline-powered tools and engines indoors. If indoor operation is unavoidable, be sure adequate ventilation is available. Also, place the engine unit to exhaust outdoors whenever possible.
Never burn charcoal or use portable fuel burning camping equipment such as a lamp, stove, oven or heater inside a home, garage, vehicle or tent unless the owner’s manual or other instructions specifically state it’s safe to do so. This is especially important at high altitudes where the risk of CO poisoning is increased.
Do not use gas appliances such as ranges, ovens or clothes dryers to heat your home.
Always refer to the owner’s manual when making minor adjustments to or servicing fuel-
burning appliances. Don’t service these appliances without the proper knowledge, skills and tools.
Never operate unvented fuel-burning appliances in a room with closed doors or windows, or in a room where people are sleeping.
Also, never leave a car running in an attached garage even when the garage door is open.
Never store gasoline, kerosene and other flammable liquids in the home. Instead, they should be stored outside these areas in properly labeled, non-glass safety containers. Don’t
store these fuels in a garage if you have a fuel-burning appliance in this location.
For more information on fuel-burning appliance and other home and farm safety guidelines, contact your (County Name) Cooperative Extension Service.
Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.
Dairy Cattle Connected To Financial Performance
Source: Jack McAllister
Writer: Gidget High
Dairy farms enrolled in the Kentucky Farm Business Management program have access to important data year round about herd and financial performance. The KFBM program is offered through the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.