Carbon monoxide can be deadly, but because it is invisible and odorless, it can be difficult to identify a problem before serious symptoms occur. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that an estimated 430 people perish each year because of accidental CO poisoning. This makes home monitoring and protection an important safety measure for the good of your family.
Knowing Your Risks
Carbon monoxide is emitted as various types of fuel are burned. These include natural gas, propane, oil, and wood, materials that are often used in home heating. Additionally, vehicle fuel can emit CO as it is burned. If you have any fuel-based appliances or a fireplace, you could be at risk. A home with an attached garage can also be subject to problems due to the proximity of vehicle emissions. Fumes from generators and lanterns, tools that might be used during severe weather, could cause CO problems. Additionally, attempting to use a camping stove or charcoal grill inside could create risks for your household.
Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Some of the most common physical issues that occur after CO exposure are weakness, dizziness, and nausea. You could also experience confusion, vomiting, and chest pains. If you notice these symptoms, you should move into fresh air and call for emergency help.
Monitoring CO Levels
Install CO monitors in any home that has any risks for carbon monoxide leaks. Ideally, you should place monitors on each level of the home and in each bedroom. It is also wise to place a monitor in any room above an attached garage.
Servicing Your Heating Equipment
If you operate a gas furnace or other heating equipment that burns fuel, you will want to invest in annual heating maintenance. During seasonal maintenance, your technician will clean heat exchangers, venting equipment, and other parts that could contribute to poor system performance. Your technician will evaluate the safety of your system and recommend any needed corrections.
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Your home’s safety is a priority to our staff, and we can provide preventive assistance through both system maintenance and the installation of carbon monoxide monitors. Contact us today to get started.
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