Carbon MonoxideThe silent killer, Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that kills without warning. We urge Westfield Gas + Electric customers to take steps to prevent exposure to this harmful gas, which claims the lives of hundreds of people every year and impacts thousands more.
While many household items—including gas and oil-burning furnaces, portable generators, and charcoal grills—produce this poison gas, keeping your family and loved ones safe is easy.
Make sure you’ve taken the following steps to guard against Carbon Monoxide poisoning:
- Install battery-operated CO detectors on every level of your home and within 10 feet of bedroom doors.
- Test CO detectors regularly to ensure they’re functioning properly.
- Get your oil or gas-burning furnace inspected yearly.
- Use portable generators outside only. Keep generators at least 20 feet away from home, doors, and windows, keeping all doors and windows closed.
If you suspect poisoning, or if your CO detector sounds an alarm, retreat to fresh air immediately and call for help by dialing 911 or call Westfield Gas + Electric's emergency number at 413-572-0000.
Common carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms:
- Chest pain