Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer. It’s a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that can cause sudden illness, potential long term chronic health problems, or even death.
All of this is usually preventable by avoiding using certain items in your home, having a security system in place, and having regular inspections of combustion appliances that can cause a problem. CO can be detected by using a carbon monoxide detector, which works similar to a smoke detector and sounds an alarm if certain levels of CO are reached.
What Causes Carbon Monoxide?
Anything that burns fuel in your home can be a source of carbon monoxide if it malfunctions or is used incorrectly. Examples include malfunctioning furnaces, portable non-electric space heaters, gas ranges, gas fireplaces, and portable generators.
It’s not just indoor appliances can cause a problem. An automobile should never have the engine running in an enclosed garage that is attached to the house. Outdoor tools that use fuel can also emit CO - snow blowers, lawn mowers, barbecue grills are just of the few examples.
What Are The Symptoms?
Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can resemble the flu. If you’ve been exposed to the deadly gas, you may feel dizziness, nausea, or a headache. Continued exposure can lead to worsening symptoms that can lead to confusion, unconsciousness or possibly death.
If you begin to feel the early warning signs while using a fuel-burning device, turn off the device immediately and have it checked. It’s especially dangerous if more than one family member experiences side effects at the same time. Seek fresh air and call 911.
How We Can Help
Your best defense to prevent illness from carbon monoxide is to be sure to use a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Detectors should be placed around the home according to manufacturer's guidelines. Batteries should be changed twice a year. Replace carbon monoxide detectors every few years.
Also give us a call to schedule an annual inspection of your furnace, fireplace, or other gas appliances to ensure your safety.
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