3 Ways to Protect Yourself from Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide (CO) can be extremely deadly to homeowners and their family. The gas has no odor, no color and no taste, so it can easily go unnoticed and claim the lives of any household. Every single year, 20,000 to 30,000 people in the United States are sickened by accidental CO poisoning and approximately 500 people die from it, many in their sleep. Here are 3 ways you can protect yourself and your family from CO poisoning:
  1. Install a CO detector and check it regularly – CO detectors should be installed in every home throughout the nation. As CO is odorless and can go unnoticed by many within a household, CO alarms will be able to catch the attention of any person, so they can act accordingly. Many CO victims die in their sleep, and a CO alarm is loud enough to wake up even a heavy sleeper!
  2. Perform regular maintenance on heating appliances – Many heating appliances such as oil, coal, gas and water heaters can potentially build up CO that can leak out into a home. These appliances should be regularly checked up in order to ensure that they are functioning properly and not at risk of leaking CO.
  3. Ensure your heating appliances are being ventilated properly – These appliances produce CO in a method that is not dangerous to humans – as long as the CO is being properly guided out of the appliance and home. You must ensure that these passageways are not blocked. In addition, cars also produce CO – never leave your car running in a closed or poorly ventilated garage.
Carbon Monoxide is natural for many home appliances that we use every day to produce. It is crucial that we stay aware of the dangers of it, and the precautions all homeowners should take in order to avoid being poisoned by the deadly gas.