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Avista Recommends Checking Carbon Monoxide Detectors

SPOKANE, Wash. – Dec. 26, 2008:  Avista recommends customers play it safe during this extreme winter weather and check batteries in home carbon monoxide (CO) detectors or purchase one to protect against possible exposure to the potentially deadly gas.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is produced by fuel-burning heating equipment, such as furnaces, wood stoves, fireplaces and kerosene heaters. It is also produced by burning charcoal briquettes and idling automobile engines.


Properly working carbon monoxide detectors can provide an early warning to consumers before the harmful gas builds up to a dangerous level. Exposure to a low concentration over several hours can be as dangerous as exposure to high carbon monoxide levels for a few minutes.


However, prevention is the best protection against carbon monoxide, so have fuel-burning appliances, including chimneys and flues, inspected annually by a professional heating contractor for proper operations and leakage. Also, follow all instructions accompanying any fuel-burning device.


Other tips for protecting against carbon monoxide are:


  • Never idle a car in a garage, even if the door to the outside is open. Fumes can build up quickly inside a garage and home.
  • Do not use a gas oven to heat your home, even for a short time.
  • Never use a charcoal grill indoors.
  • Do not use any gasoline-powered engines like snow blowers in enclosed spaces or fill them with gasoline in enclosed spaces.
  • Vent appliances to the outside whenever possible.
  • Purchase and install carbon monoxide detectors with labels showing they meet the requirements of the Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) voluntary standard (UL 2034). The UL standard requires detectors to sound an alarm when exposure to carbon monoxide reaches potentially hazardous levels over a period of time.

For additional safety information, visit www.avistautilities.com  


Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides service to 352,000 electric and 311,000 natural gas customers in three Western states. Avista’s primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ. Avista stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.


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