The holiday season is upon us and so are the winter months. Last winter was a bit brutal here in the Northeast with many areas experiencing numerous power outages.
While we hope this winter will be a bit more mild, we still need to take precautions to keep safe and warm while avoiding deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. I hope that everyone reading this is up to code and has not only installed smoke alarm/detectors in their home, but also carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is odorless which makes it extremely dangerous, but there are precautions you can take to minimize your risk.
Here are few safety tips to help you reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors annually.
- Inspect your chimney, flue and heating system annually and have them cleaned by a professional.
- Check to make sure no critters have taken up residence in your chimney and remove any debris like leaves, nests or branches.
- Clear blocked exhaust flues - Especially any accumulated SNOW or ice.
- Never operate gas powered engines inside an enclosed area (garage or basement).
- Do not leave a vehicle running in the garage even with the door open.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be confused with flu symptoms, or other illnesses. Be aware of the signs as they can become more severe and potentially fatal very quickly. Some of symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Mild nausea
- Mild headache
Caution: High levels of carbon monoxide gases can become combustible. If you suspect carbon monoxide seek assistance immediately and Call 911.
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