It’s time to bundle up the house and turn on the heat.  Keep your home’s CO in check!

 

 

 

 

While we love the coziness of this season, it can also be a very dangerous time.  Keeping your homes Carbon Monoxide emissions in check will allow for a safer season.  Any gas appliances in your home emit a certain amount of CO when in use.  Each unit should have a properly attached flue pipe, which will carry the CO emissions to the outside of your home.  If the flue pipes are not properly attached, CO can leak back into the home causing illness.  Keep your home’s CO in check!

 

Flue pipe

Furnace Flue Pipe

Water heater with flue pipe.

Water Heater Flue Pipe

 

Since Carbon Monoxide is odorless and colorless, it can be a silent killer.  It is estimated that 8,000 to 15,000 people are examined or treated each year for Carbon Monoxide poisoning.  When inhaled, CO displaces the oxygen in your body and can lead to poisoning.  When exposed to high levels of CO, your body can become very ill.

 It is very important to know the signs of CO poisoning:

  • You feel better when your are not at home.

  • Everyone in the home seems to be sick at the same time.

  • Family members who seem most effected spend the most time at home.

  • Your pets seem ill.

  • You don’t have a fever or body aches, or swollen lymph nodes common with flu symptoms and other infections.

  • Symptoms appear to get worse when using fuel burning appliances.

Having your appliances tested on a yearly bases, can help prevent this from happening.  Also installing a CO detector in your home, can help alert you when the levels are to high.  Making sure your home is a safe environment, will allow you to enjoy the up coming holiday’s.

It is important to have a trained professional test your appliances for CO emissions.

Keep your home’s CO in check!