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How to Protect Yourself From Carbon Monoxide

Every year over 400 people are killed by carbon monoxide in the United States. That’s why those with furnaces or appliances that burn wood, coal, or gas should take precautions. Especially because carbon monoxide strikes silently without care of age, background, health, or wealth. Carbon monoxide exposure happens after a person breathes fumes from cars, generators, or heating systems. If this happens, people who are exposed should see a doctor. Another reason why it is dangerous is that carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas. It can cause sudden illness or death when inhaled.

Carbon Monoxide, service and maintenance

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, nausea, dizziness, throwing up, and confusion. To feel safe, many people use regular maintenance and in-home carbon monoxide detectors to protect themselves and their families.

How To Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

There are several ways to prevent carbon monoxide exposure without sacrificing comfort or spending a lot of money.  One of the best ways is to keep the furnace on a maintenance schedule to avoid carbon monoxide exposure.

Another is to make sure that any heating element is installed properly and does not cause gas to leak into the open air. Also, make sure that there are no cracks or faulty parts. Another suggestion is to find an HVAC professional to check any furnaces or appliances in the home. And finally, any CO2 issues can be avoided with a maintenance schedule to help remember when to change batteries or test alarm systems.

Get A Carbon Monoxide Alarm

For better home safety get a carbon monoxide alarm. Firstly, they are inexpensive. Secondly, high-quality alarms are readily available both online and at most hardware stores. Thirdly, make sure the alarm meets the UL-2034 standard. It’s the choice of professionals worldwide. Finally, install the alarm.

Once an alarm has been bought, place it 5 feet above the floor, or on the ceiling. Also, make sure the alarm is loud enough and close enough to be heard.

Use Carbon Monoxide And Smoke Alarms Together

When it comes to keeping the home safe, both alarms are separate but equal. Each one is designed to alert users of these two hazards. Placing both of them in the home is recommended for family safety. Additionally, both carbon monoxide and smoke alarms are easy to install.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Can Be Prevented

A great way to stop CO2 poisoning is to check that home appliances and heating devices are correctly maintained, installed, and vented. Another way is to avoid the inside use of gas appliances, generators, or charcoal-burning devices like grills or stoves.  Lastly, check any combustion appliances for leaks or damage as often as possible.

Call Air-Tro today to schedule regular furnace maintenance at (626) 357-3535.