When using your heater isn’t an option, many people are concerned about carbon monoxide (CO) – and they’re right to be worried. Known as a “silent killer,” CO kills over 400 people annually – and the majority of those deaths are accidental. That’s why the Bosworth Company is sharing its tips on preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Facts About Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a gas occurs when you use your heater, gas range, vehicle, or other small appliance with a motor. It builds up in your home or business over time as an invisible, odorless gas. When people or animals breathe it in, it’s often fatal – even a house with proper ventilation cannot guarantee safety. The majority of CO fatalities occur during winter nights when people are most likely to run heating devices for warmth.
What You Can Do
There are a variety of ways to protect yourself and your family from the deadly effects of carbon monoxide. Here are a few quick safety tips to prevent a fatal situation:
- Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home or office, particularly outside of sleeping areas. Be sure to replace batteries and test these meters regularly.
- Do not run gas-powered generators or appliances indoors, even in an area with good ventilation.
- Avoid leaving vehicles idling in closed garages.
- Have a professional chimney company clean and inspect your chimney, damper, and flue annually.
- Never use flameless chemical heaters indoors.
- Do not use gas cooking ranges as a heat source.
- Schedule a seasonal check with your HVAC company to make sure appliances are properly hooked up to gas sources.
What To Do If Your CO Detector Goes Off
If you hear your carbon monoxide detector go off, it’s critical to get all people and pets outdoors immediately. CO can make a person fall unconscious in a matter of minutes, leaving them unable to escape. Call 911 and do not re-enter the home or business until safety personnel gives you approval to do so.
Get a carbon monoxide safety check for your appliances, heater, and other areas by scheduling an appointment with the Bosworth Company. Our friendly professionals will inspect your home or business to make sure it’s as safe as possible. Schedule yours now.