The winter weather warrants a reminder to all of us to have working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms installed in your home. The falling temperatures lead to an increase in the use of your furnace, water heater and fireplace, which are all common causes of fires and CO emergencies. Having CO alarms installed in your home is more important than ever. Working CO alarms will alert you when dangerous levels of CO build-up in your home and give you time to escape and call 9-1-1. Please remember to clean your dryer, water heater and furnace vents regularly and have these appliances serviced by a qualified professional. Lastly, make sure that your fireplace is working properly, as it is one of the leading causes of carbon monoxide related issues.