Carbon Monoxide OR “CO,”
is an odorless, colorless gas.

If You Leave Your Ovens
On Shabbas & Yom Tov You Need To Read This page.


Where is CO Found?
CO is found in fumes produced by gas ranges, or furnaces.
CO can build up indoors & poison people & animals who breathe it.

What Are The Symptoms Of CO Poisening?

  • The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain & confusion. 
  • CO symptoms are often described as “flu-like.”
  • If you breathe in a lot of CO it can make you pass out or kill you.
  • People who are sleeping or drunk can die from CO poisoning before they have symptoms.

Have your heating system serviced annually
How can I prevent CO poisoning in my home?

  • Install a battery-operated or battery back-up CO detector in your home & check or replace
    the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. 
  • Place your detector where it will wake you up if it alarms, such as outside your bedroom.
  • Consider buying a detector with a digital readout.
    1. This detector can tell you the highest level of CO concentration in your home in addition
         to alarming.
    2.  Replace your CO detector every five years.

Have your heating system, water heater & any other gas, appliances
serviced by a qualified technician every year. (The Gas Company)

  • Many stories have been circulating about carbon monoxide danger in the Jewish Community, presumably because we tend to leave our stoves & ovens on for 25 to 50 hours at a time & sometimes longer during yom tov.
  • Many families have had their carbon monoxide alarms go off during Yom Tov.

We Leave Ovens & Stoves On For 72 Hours

  • Fire Departments in cities where there are Jewish Communites are very familiar with the
    Jewish Community & the fact that we leave our ovens & stoves on for extended periods of
    time for religious reasons.
  • The Fire Departments have been trying to reach the Jewish Communities for years to warn us about the danger of Carbon Monoxide from extended & prolonged use of stoves & ovens.

One of the major causes is gas appliances are left on in Unventilated areas
for prolonged periods of time

  • These stoves & ovens were not meant to be left on for extended periods of time.
  • Uneven" burning can begin to occur releasing Carbon Monoxide in the air.
  • Carbon Monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and initially non-irritating & it is very
    difficult for people to detect.

More Important Information

  • On Shabbas & Yom To, leave your windows open in the kitchen to ventilate the room with
    the oven or stove.
  • Read your owners manual because some ovens have 'Holiday Mode' & they will shut themselves off by a timer.
  • Safety tips about carbon monoxide & other hazards.
  • Install a Carbon Monoxide alarm in your home.
  • Call the GAS company & they will come out & perform a full utility inspection of water heater, furnace, ovens & stoves.
  • Any appliance that could release carbon monoxide should be checked!

A threat of carbon monoxide due to appliances is real.

We should not be alarmed, we should not stop using our appliances on Yom Tov
& Shabbas but we should be very aware that the danger is real
& take every precaution to be safe and protect our family & friends 

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