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Carbon Monoxide the Silent Killer

Reblogger Stephanie Reynolds
Real Estate Agent with Integrity First Financial Group, Inc.

As we continue to have cold evenings and the heater constantly running, this is a great reminder of how important it is to make sure you and your family are safe from Carbon Monoxide.

Original content by Jay Swindle nmls# 1882742

Carbon Monoxide 

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas and is toxic to both pets and humans. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home.  Low levels of Carbon Monoxide will cause symptoms that mimic the flu. Usually you will experience headaches, confusion, dizziness, nausea and fatigue. . According to the Center for Disease Control carbon monoxide is the most common cause of poisoning death in the United States. Unintentional CO exposure accounts for an estimated 15,000 emergency department visits and 500 unintentional deaths in the United States each year.

Sources of Carbon Monoxide

  • Unvented kerosene and gas space heaters
  • Chimney flues and Fireplaces
  • Defective furnaces
  • Oil or Kerosene heaters
  • back-drafting from furnaces
  •  gas water heaters
  •  Wood stoves
  •  gas stoves; generators and other gasoline powered equipment;
  •  automobile exhaust from attached garages

What to do if you suspect you have carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Get Fresh Air (open the windows or doors or go outside immediately)
  • Go to the hospital and tell them that you may have carbon monoxide poisoning

Do not try to stay in your home for a long amount of time without getting fresh air first.  At higher levels carbon monoxide can lead to a loss of consciousness, reduce brain function or you map lapse into a coma and even death.

How to prevent carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • Install a battery-operated Carbon Monoxide detector and make sure you change your batteries at least twice a year.  You should also change your smoke detector batteries. Usually the best time to do this is when you change your clocks for daylight savings time. 
  • Make sure you maintain a detector on each level of your house.
  • Have your furnace and gas appliances checked at least once a year.  Follow your furnace guidelines and replace the filter at least every 3 months. Check your vents and ducts for signs of defects.
  • If you regularly use your fireplace have it cleaned out annually and when you use you use your fireplace make sure that you keep the flue open.
  • Don't leave your car running inside a garage, but If you do make sure that you have the door  raised so the exhaust fumes will be vented outside.
  • Don't use  a charcoal grill or a fire pit indoors.

Remember carbon monoxide poisoning resembles the flu if more than one person is exhibiting the same symptoms get to fresh air.  Also if you have a pet and they are exhibiting the same symptoms and seem lethargic that is also an indicator that you may have carbon monoxide poisoning because pets can't get the flu virus. For more safety information go to Michigan Insurance.

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John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Stephanie - The dangers of carbon monoxide is real and many people are not aware of it. Thank you for sharing a very important blog

Dec 26, 2010 04:09 PM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Stephanie - we hear of Carbon Monoxide poisonings so often here because lots of the older homes don't have central heat and people use their stoves or the fireplaces.

Great post with important info. Thanks for the reblog.

Dec 27, 2010 12:02 AM
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Great one to reblog! It has been cold here too; it is always sad to hear when someone suffers loss of life by just trying to stay warm.

Dec 27, 2010 05:20 AM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I learned a healthy respect for carbon monoxide when I was a home inspector.

I hope you had a great last week of the year and wanted to wish you the best that 2011 can possibly give you.

Jan 02, 2011 03:32 PM
CIA Home Inspection
CIA Home Inspection Service Home Inspector San Bernardino - Los Angeles, CA

Hi Stephanie and happy new year! Just like Jim we find out a lot about carbon monoxide working in the home inspection industry. I'm surprised at the number of home inspectors that still do not test for carbon monoxide at the hot water tank and furnaces. Most Realtors do not know that it is not required by most standards of practice. And most home buyers do not know to ask the question if thier inspector will test for carbon monoxide. Fantastic post as usual. That's why I subscribe!

Jan 05, 2011 02:44 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

And please, please, please! install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Please? Pretty please?

Jan 08, 2011 12:52 PM
Brian Doubleday
Brian Doubleday - IML RealEstate - Orange County, CA Broker - Ladera Ranch, CA
Ladera Ranch, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo

Definitely one of the top things to do on my honey-do list

Jan 16, 2011 04:24 AM
Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI
Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE - Carmel, IN
Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert

Hi Stephanie--You have reblogged some very important safety blogs.  I did not catch all of these the first time around so I thank you!!

Jan 24, 2011 05:12 PM
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