It’s an odourless, colorless and potential deadly gas that is a byproduct of incomplete combustion – anything that burns a fuel emits carbon monoxide or CO. This deadly gas can escape from a furnace or boiler malfunction, a gas fireplace, or any appliance that burns a fuel.
Someone who is asleep can die from carbon monoxide poisoning without ever waking up. That’s all the more reason to make sure your home is safe.
How to prevent Carbon monoxide leaks?
The good news is that CO poisoning in your home can be preventable with simple actions.
– Always have your gas appliances installed by a reputable and licensed technician.
– Have them serviced every year, generally when you turn them on in the fall, just to make sure they are working at maximum efficiently and nothing is blocking the flue or vents.
– Install a carbon monoxide detector at every level of your home, in or near your bedroom so you can hear it go off when you are sleeping.
A carbon monoxide alarm is inexpensive and easy to install. It can be obtained from where smoke alarms are sold. The warnings are different between both alarms: When triggered, a carbon monoxide alarm emits 4 sharp beeps and a 5 second delay; a smoke alarm emits 3 sharp beats and a 1.5 second delay.
Carbon monoxide sources in the home:
Common sources of CO in homes include fuel burning appliances and devices such as:
Clothes dryers, water heaters, furnace or boilers, fireplaces – both gas and wood burning, gas stoves and ovens, motor vehicles, grills, generators, wood stoves.
What should you do if your Carbon monoxide detector goes off?
Rush outside your home with your family, into the fresh air a safe distance from your house. Then call 911 once you are safely outside. Do not call from within your home once you hear the alarm, as you will expose yourself to the dangerous odourless gas. The effects of the gas alter the level of your consciousness, making you lethargic and confused – you will not realize what is going on until it is too late.
And don’t go back into the house until the authorities give you’re the clearance to do so.
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