Carbon Monoxide Inspection

Free Inspections
The Liberty Fire Department will conduct a carbon monoxide (CO) inspection of your home or business upon request. Carbon monoxide inspections are usually requested because the owner/occupant has a CO detector that has gone off, they are experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning, or they want to ensure that no danger exists.

The fire department will respond at any time to a request for a CO inspection. If the calling party is not experiencing any symptoms, the closest engine company will be dispatched, non-emergency, to check for CO. However, if the caller does have symptoms of CO poisoning, an ambulance will be sent with the engine company, and both units will respond like they would for any other emergency. When requesting a CO check, the dispatcher will provide you with steps that you should take while waiting for fire department personnel to arrive.

The inspection is conducted using a specially designed multi-gas detector. During the inspection any equipment which could produce carbon monoxide will be tested for CO production. The fire department will follow a checklist to make sure that all potential sources of carbon monoxide are inspected.

The most common causes of carbon monoxide buildup are faulty furnaces and water heaters, blocked flues or chimneys, and vehicles running in the garage. At the end of the inspection sources of carbon monoxide leaks will have been identified and corrected (if necessary). If the cause of the CO leak is an unsafe appliance, the appliance will be turned off and the owner will be required to have it repaired before it can be turned on.

After any required repairs are made, the fire department may be requested to do a 2nd inspection to ensure that no further danger exists.

To request a CO inspection, or to receive information on carbon monoxide dangers contact the Liberty Fire Department at 816-439-4310. If you are having symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning call 911 for immediate assistance.