Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is extremely poisonous. Carbon monoxide detectors are just as, if not more, important as fire alarms and should be taken just as seriously. When considering whether or not you should install a carbon monoxide detector in your home, you need to know where the dangerous gas emits from and what appliances to check for. Fuel-burning appliances (oil, propane or natural gas) and wood-burning fireplaces are primary sources for carbon monoxide. You should place detectors on every floor that has one of these.
Here are a few steps you can take to reduce the chances of carbon monoxide in your home:
Opening the flue when using the fireplace
Using appropriate fuel in kerosene heaters
Inspecting all fuel-burning appliances on a regular basis
Having wood burning fireplaces cleaned by a professional on a regular basis
Quickly repairing any leaks or damages to heating systems
If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, it is important you know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. The first warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are:
Chest tightness or shortness of breath
*If you experience any of these symptoms seek medical treatment immediately.
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