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What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas produced by the burning of fossil fuels and wood. In general, properly installed and maintained natural gas appliances produce very little to no carbon monoxide. However, if unsafe concentrations of carbon monoxide are not detected, the result can be fatal.


What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and convulsions. Because carbon monoxide is hard to detect, someone with mild poisoning can go to sleep and continue to breathe the carbon monoxide until severe illness or death occurs. People may also mistake their symptoms for a viral infection like the flu. Don't take chances with your life and with the lives of others.

When in doubt, GET OUT.


Carbon Monoxide --
Safety tips

  • Place detectors near sleeping areas, where they can wake you if you are asleep.
  • Never use generators, barbecues, propane heaters and charcoal, etc. inside the home! They generate dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
  • When using your fireplace to stay warm, make sure the flue is open so that the byproducts of combustion can vent safely through the chimney.
  • Ensure that generators are properly installed and operated outdoors.
  • Do not idle cars inside the garage, and do not allow snow to block the tailpipe when operating a vehicle outdoors.
  • Make sure water heaters and other natural gas appliances have proper ventilation. Older appliances and room heaters that are not vented externally should be inspected annually.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors - it's the Law!

Amanda’s Law, passed in the 2009 Session of the New York State Legislature, establishes a new requirement for installation of carbon monoxide detectors in homes. This new law took effect on February 22, 2010. The law was named after Amanda Hansen, a teenager whose life was tragically ended by a carbon monoxide leak from a defective boiler while she was sleeping at a friend’s house in January 2009.

Under the law, one-family homes, two-family homes, dwellings located in condominiums or cooperatives, and multiple dwellings must have a carbon monoxide detector installed regardless of the date of construction or sale.

The new law also requires that the carbon monoxide detector you use must be a device meeting New York State standards, and that it be installed in an operable condition in dwellings where there are appliances or systems that may emit carbon monoxide or if there's an attached garage.

As a result of Amanda’s Law, a carbon monoxide detector will be found in nearly all residential structures in the state. This creates a safer living environment for New York residents and creates a greater awareness of home safety issues that are intensified by seasonal heating issues prevalent in the Northeast.

Help Us Find Your Home in an Emergency

Don't let emergency vehicles waste precious time trying to find your home after dark. It is imperative that your address be clearly visible from the road and highly REFLECTIVE.

Now you can order the 4-inch, blue-and-white highly reflective numbers we can easily see at night. The cost is only $15 (for up to 5 numbers). Use our convenient order form (complete it on-screen and then print, OR print the form and complete by hand). Mail the form with your check, or bring your completed form to the firehouse with cash or check. Please do not mail cash!

Mail to:
Youngsville Fire Department
1822 Shandelee Road
Youngsville, NY 12791

You'll receive your reflective address numbers in the mail within two weeks. Attach the numbers to your mailbox post or a metal stake near your driveway. Keep plants in summer, and snow in winter cleared away from your address numbers.

If you have any questions, call us at (845) 482-3600.

WATER SAFETY TIPS - read this!

Did you know that about 6,000 people per year drown in the United States? But what is most shocking is that two-thirds of those drowning victims never intended to be in the water! Things can happen quickly. Don't become a drowning statistic -- always wear a life jacket or PSD (personal floatation device) whenever you are around water.

BASIC WATER SAFETY: Because most drowning victims had no intention of getting in the water, and most people drown within 10 to 30 feet of safety, it is important that you and your family LEARN TO SWIM.

  • Always wear a life jacket when you are on or around the water!
  • Never rely on toys such as inner tubes and water wings to stay afloat.
  • Don't take any chances by overestimating your swimming skills.
  • Swim only in designated swimming areas.
  • Never swim alone.





NEVER DIVE INTO LAKES OR RIVERS. Every year, more than 8,000 people have diving accidents and suffer paralyzing spinal cord injuries – and another 5,000 die before they reach the hospital.

WATCH SMALL CHILDREN: Each year about 200 children drown and several thousand others are treated in hospitals for submersion accidents, accidents which leave children with permanent brain damage and respiratory health problems. Remember, it only takes a few seconds for a small child to wander away. So please watch your children at all times.

ALCOHOL: THE FUN KILLER: It's a fact, alcohol and being in or on the water don't mix. Unfortunately many people ignore this and each year about 3,000 of them are wrong...dead wrong! More than half of all the people that drown had consumed alcohol prior to their accident.

Being intoxicated is not necessary for alcohol to be a threat to your safety. Just one beer will impair your balance, vision, judgment, and reaction time, thus making you a potential danger to yourself and others.

Research shows that after just four hours of boating (exposure to noise, vibration, sun, glare and wind), you can experience "boating fatigue" which slows your response to emergency situations. If you actually add alcohol to the boating fatigue condition, it intensifies the effects and increases your accident risk! So remember, don't drink alcohol if you are planning to be in or on the water!

COLD WATER SURVIVAL: Your life may depend on a better understanding of cold water. It's a fact that many drowning victims actually die from cold exposure or hypothermia. Hypothermia is a condition in which the body loses heat faster than it can produce it. Violent shivering develops which may result in confusion and a loss of body movement.

To avoid hypothermia:

  • Dress warmly with wool clothing.
  • Wear rain gear and stay dry.
  • Seek a warm environment at the first sign (mild shivering) of hypothermia.
  • If you fall in the water, don't discard your clothing.
  • While wearing your life jacket, draw your knees and arms together into the HELP (Heat Escape Lessening Posture) posture.



  • Not wearing life jacket
  • Abuse of alcohol on or near the water
  • Lack of sufficient swimming skills
  • Hypothermia