Carbon monoxide poisoning kills more than 400 Americans every year, with most of those deaths happening during the winter months when people are trying to keep their homes warm. Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as a silent killer, because it is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. Which is why it’s so important to prepare your home as the weather cools down.If your kitchen appliances or heating system use gas, you need to know the risks. Here are three steps to prepare your home against carbon monoxide.
1. Install carbon monoxide detectors.
They’re easy to install and relatively inexpensive. The best way to protect your family is to install a detector in every room, but you should at least have a detector on every floor of your home. Unlike your smoke alarms, your carbon monoxide detectors should be installed low to the ground since CO is heavy and sinks. Once you have detectors installed, you should check the batteries every year.
2. Get your HVAC system serviced.
This should be at the top of your to-do list. When an MTB Mechanical technician services your HVAC system, they will inspect your fireplace, ducts, vents and heat exchange. Aging HVAC systems that haven’t been properly maintenanced can increase your risk for carbon monoxide exposure.
3. Know the warning signs of carbon monoxide exposure.
It’s better to be safe than sorry, so if you think you might be exposed to CO, leave your
house immediately and call the fire department. Since carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, it’s important to monitor for symptoms. CO exposure signs can be subtle, but don’t dismiss them. If you feel weak, dizzy, short of breath, nauseous, confused or have a headache, you could be experiencing carbon monoxide exposure side effects. Children and elderly individuals are the most vulnerable.
Get peace of mind this winter, and contact MTB to help prepare your home against any
dangers from carbon monoxide.
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