What Are The Dangers Of Carbon Monoxide?
Are you concerned about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning? You probably should be. The dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning have been well documented, and it can be deadly to your family.
However, you can easily prevent carbon monoxide poisoning with a few simple steps.
1. Where Is Carbon Monoxide Found?
Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that is produced every time you use one of the following:
Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs many times per year and causes many people to hospitalized. Poisoning from carbon monoxide has even been known to cause death.
It’s easy to see why you have to be knowledgeable about how carbon monoxide levels affect your health. Fortunately, carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable once you are aware of how to prevent it.
2. How Do You Know If You Have Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
There are several symptoms that occur when you have carbon monoxide poisoning. However, because some of them may mimic the symptoms of the flu, you may miss them. Here are some of the major symptoms:
If you have these symptoms it’s worth investigating whether or not you have been poisoned by carbon monoxide.
This gas is called the “silent killer” because if you’re not aware of it, you will dismiss the symptoms as the flu.
Once you have a combination of the symptoms above, get checked out.
3. Preventing The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Your Home
Carbon monoxide poisoning is completely avoidable. All you need to do is follow a few safety precautions and your risk of poisoning will decrease significantly.
Here are some tips you should follow:
Purchase a carbon monoxide detector for your home and change the batteries every year.
Place the detector near your bedroom door, so you can hear the alarm if carbon monoxide levels rise to dangerous levels.
Buy a carbon monoxide detector with a digital readout, so that you can see the amount of carbon monoxide in your home at any given time.
Carbon monoxide detectors should be changed every five years.
4. Service Items In Your Home That Burn Fuel
Just by servicing appliances that burn oil or gas once per year, you can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Have your heating system checked as well as your water heater.
Service every coal, gas or oil burning appliance as part of your yearly routine.
Sometimes, it’s a simple lack of maintenance that makes these appliances give off deadly carbon monoxide gas.
5. Check Gas Appliances
If you are smelling some strange smells from your gas refrigerator then it is time to conduct an investigation.
Never ignore this sign that something is wrong. One of the best things you can do is call in a professional to investigate it.
In addition, you should always make sure that any refrigerator or equipment that uses gas has a seal of quality.
This quality seal means that the product has passed gas safety tests.
Ensure that all your gas appliances are properly vented in order to prevent carbon monoxide from leaking into your home.
Vent pipes should never be patched with tape or even gum. This is dangerous and can cause carbon monoxide to build up in your home.
6. Appliances You Use Indoors
There are a number of fixtures and appliances in your home that should be serviced on a regular basis in order to prevent a build-up of carbon monoxide.
Your chimney should be at the top of the list. Make sure that you get a chimney cleaning every year in order to prevent debris from blocking it. Once it is blocked by debris there is a likelihood that there will be a carbon monoxide buildup.
Gas ranges or ovens should never be used indoors for heating. Using these appliances in this way can cause a buildup of carbon monoxide in your home.
Avoid burning charcoal indoors since this will cause a carbon monoxide buildup. It doesn’t matter if the charcoal is gray, red, black or white they all give off carbon monoxide and should never be burned indoors.
Additionally, gas camp stoves should never be used inside, since they are also likely to cause a build-up of carbon monoxide.
If you must use a generator in your home, make sure that it used near a window in order to improve air quality.
As a safety precaution, you should ensure that a battery operated carbon monoxide detector is close by to detect the levels of carbon monoxide in your home when using a generator.
7. The Dangers Of Carbon Monoxide In Your Car
It’s not just your home that can get a buildup in carbon monoxide. This kind of buildup can also take place in your car, so you need to take steps to avoid this.
Here are some tips:
The exhaust system in your car should be checked by your mechanic at least once per year. Even the tiniest leak in your exhaust system can lead to a buildup in carbon monoxide in your car.
If for some reason you need to turn on your car while it is in the garage, always make sure that the garage door is open so that gas can escape.
If your SUV has a tailgate, after opening the tailgate you should ensure that the vents and windows are open, so that air is moving out.
These simple steps will reduce carbon monoxide risks in your car or SUV.
The dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning make it extremely important for you to take precautions to prevent it from happening.
Preventing poisoning boils down to knowing exactly what the dangers are and avoiding them.
If you are diligent about using detectors and checking your appliances, then you will greatly reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home.
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Luke Cooper is the General Manager of the Cooper Green team and son of Gary Cooper, owner and CEO of Cooper HVAC. After years in the field, Luke took his talents to management and has helped thousands of Colorado homeowners during hot summers and frigid winters. His decade of experience in the field and guiding the company makes him one of the most knowledgeable individuals in Colorado on HVAC, plumbing, electrical and other home services.