Known as the “silent killer,” Carbon Monoxide is one of the most prevalent causes of death due to poisoning in America. Without a smell, color, or taste, Carbon Monoxide is dangerous in contained areas, such as your home or garage. To protect your household, there are several things you need to know about Carbon Monoxide. Take a look at the insight below.
What Is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and tasteless poison gas that can be fatal when inhaled. CO can be produced when burning fuels such as gasoline, propane, and it inhibits the blood’s capacity to carry oxygen.
Does Carbon Monoxide Affect Everyone?
While some diseases impact some people more than others, Carbon Monoxide doesn’t discriminate. If you inhale too much of it, CO can be fatal to any person at any age.
Does Electricity Produce Carbon Monoxide?
No. Carbon Monoxide gas is a product of combustion, so unless something is burned, carbon monoxide will not be produced.
What Makes Carbon Monoxide?
Anything that burns will create Carbon Monoxide, as it is a product of incomplete combustion. It is NOT just your appliances that create CO. Here are some other things that produce CO when turned on:
- Cars, trucks, boats
- Pressure washers
- Gas or oil-bearing furnaces
- Non-electric space heaters
How Do You Prevent Poisoning?
- Always vent gas appliances properly
- Check your chimney to ensure proper ventilation
- Never burn gas grills or charcoal inside your home
- Don’t use your gass stove/oven for heating
- Don’t leave the car running with the garage door closed
What Are Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms?
Similar to the flu, but without a fever, CO poisoning can include dizziness, headaches, nausea, sleepiness, fatigue and disorientation. If any of these symptoms are experienced, it is imperative to seek medical assistance immediately.
How Can You Protect Your Household?
The best way to protect your household is with a Carbon Monoxide detector. Given its importance, it is best for a professional to install your detectors. At Bosworth, our team of expert technicians would be happy to make sure the job is done right. Contact us to find out about our current carbon monoxide detector special – get yours today for just $85!