Maybe it’s just the flu, but…
This is the time of year when we almost expect to get a cold or flu and so the sniffles, headaches, nausea, and aches and pains are often disregarded.
This is also the time of year when we keep our windows and doors tightly closed and do our best to reduce heat losses from our homes. But, by doing so you may be locking in a deadly killer as the friends and families of nearly 500 people in the United States find out each year.
Carbon monoxide, often called the silent killer, produces flu or cold like symptoms in lower concentrations, and since it is odor free, gives no warning it is at work.
So what can you do to help protect yourself and family?
Step one; make certain you have a functioning carbon monoxide detector installed as recommended by the detector manufacturer. Test it monthly!
Be aware of the symptoms and don’t dismiss them as “just the flu.” A significant difference is the lack of a fever with carbon monoxide poisoning.
Have all fuel burning appliances, furnaces, gas ranges, fire places and water heaters inspected, at least annually, for proper adjustment and installation. Pay particular attention to the condition of flues and chimney’s for damage or leaks.
Do not allow anyone to sleep in a room with a fuel fired appliance.
Don’t believe that “vent free” appliances are vent free. These are not legal to install in some states and require great caution where allowed. Follow the safety instructions to the letter and install an additional carbon monoxide detector in any room where used.
Don’t become part of next year’s shocking statistics.