Carbon Monoxide Prevention Tips For Your Home

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Most people feel completely safe at home, but it’s more dangerous than you think. Carbon monoxide could kill you if it leaked into the air and you wouldn’t even know what was happening. The silent killer is odorless, tasteless, and colorless.

Luckily, it’s easy to prevent anything bad from happening. There are certain things you can do around your home to keep everyone safe. We’re going to have a good look at them now. If you take action once we’re done you’ll be okay.

1. Check Your Fuel Burning Appliances

You have a lot of fuel burning appliances at home. Stoves, fireplaces, water heaters, and your heating system could end up with a carbon monoxide leak. You’ll need to ensure everything is always serviceable.

There are little jobs you’ll be able to do on your own. Changing the dpf filters to stop them from getting clogged up is one of them. Unfortunately, to stay safe you’ll need to ask a professional to check everything yearly.

2. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

There are no diesel oxidation catalysts in your home helping carbon monoxide disappear. Once it starts leaking it’s going to keep building up. Eventually it will find its way into your body while you sleep.

Once it’s on the loose the only way you’ll know what’s happening is by installing carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure they’re outside every room and they will alert you the moment you’re in danger.

3. Keep All Your Vents Debris Free

You’ll have a number of vents that will help gases escape into the environment. Take a walk around your home to see exactly where they are. Occasionally, the vents might get blocked and they won’t be able to do their job.

What do you think will happen if the gases can’t escape? You will need to make sure nothing is blocking them. It would be wise to walk outside after a heavy snow storm to check for blockages.

4. Chimney Must Be Inspected Yearly

People with a wood burning fire will be able to see smoke leaving their chimney. It reminds you the chimney is actually there for a reason. When you have a gas fire you won’t see anything come out it.

Even though it’s hidden behind your wall don’t forget it’s there. Someone will need to inspect it on a yearly basis. If anything is wrong carbon monoxide might start seeping into your living room.

5. Open Damper Before Starting Fire

There is one big job you’ll have to do a lot more regularly when you use the fire. You will need to make sure the damper is open when it’s switched on. It’s far too easy to forget all about it.

I’m guessing you’ll want to keep it closed to reduce your energy bills. You don’t want all the warm air disappearing up the chimney. But, if you don’t open it you’re going to make it easy for carbon monoxide to cause problems.

These Tips Could Easily Save Your Life

The people who die from carbon monoxide poisoning every year don’t think anything bad will happen to them. Sadly, it could happen to anyone who isn’t prepared. You’ll be fine if you listen to what we’ve talked about today.

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Rainmaker
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William Feela
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Great list.  People blow this one off just like smoke deteectors.

Apr 23, 2018 02:46 PM #1
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Joan Cox
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Charles, why take a chance, always have a carbon monoxide detector in your home!   Great post.

Apr 23, 2018 02:57 PM #2
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Charles Fugate
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Thank you Joan!

Apr 25, 2018 03:02 AM #3
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