As the colder weather starts to settle in and our furnaces kicks on, we need to be extremely vigilant when using gas burning appliances to prevent deadly exposure to the serious hazards of carbon monoxide (CO).
Carbon monoxide is often called the “silent killer” because we cannot see it, smell it or taste it. It is an invisible, odorless gas that can poison, and even kill you. Breathing in carbon monoxide can make you feel sick, and feel as if you have the flu. You may experience headaches, nausea, dizziness and shortness of breath. Your family most at risk are infants, small children, pregnant women, elderly people, and people with heart or lung problems.
Carbon monoxide gas is produced by the incomplete burning of fuels. It can be released by gas furnaces, hot water heaters, cars, fireplaces, wood stoves and kerosene heaters. Faulty burners or clogged chimneys are often part of the problem. To avoid the production of CO, you should have your chimney, furnace and gas-fired appliances checked yearly.
A carbon monoxide detector is the best way to protect you and your family. Install CO alarms where they can be easily heard, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. When installing a CO alarm, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions or hire an electrician. Test CO alarms at least once a month and replace batteries according to manufacturer’s instructions.
To reduce the chances of you or a loved one getting carbon monoxide poisoning, follow these tips:
If your CO alarm sounds, make sure to get out of your home immediately and call 911 from a safe place.
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