Carbon Monoxide - The Invisible Killer

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Carbon Monoxide is a deadly poison you can't see, smell, taste, or touch. It's dangerous!  It is an invisible deadly killer, a byproduct of incomplete combustion by means of Burning fuel. Where may it be hidden? 


Gas Furnace

Gas Clothes Dryer

Gas Water Heater

Space Heater


Cars and other gasoline powered combustion engines



Install carbon monoxide alarms and test often to make sure they are working.

Replace batteries annually.

Never keep the car running inside a closed garage. 


Home Maintenance & Service Agreements


Schedule a qualified professional to annually inspect your home. Make sure all appliances are installed correctly by a professional, vented correctly, installed and maintained without air pressure fluctuations or airway blockages. When lives are at stake, don't rely on any Friendly, Cheap, or Uncle Handyman who can charge less or do it for free. Annual or seasonal inspections should not be ignored or thought of as unimportant.  


Check the filters in a central forced-air furnace for lint build-up, clean and replace filters regularly. Install the right size filters. Never operate a central forced-air furnace without ensuring that the front panel door fits snugly. 


Never operate an unvented gas heater.


Never place rugs, furniture, toys, pet beds, or other items where airflow is blocked. 


If the heat in your home is out, don't heat with a range, gas oven, or outdoor barbeque!




Purchase a Carbon Monoxide Detector and follow manufacturer's instructions.




Flu-like symptoms, such as: 1) Headaches, 2) Dizziness, 3) Nausea, 4) Vomiting, 5) Fatigue so bad you can't stop sleeping, 6) Mental confusion, 7) Shortness of breath.


Emergency Steps

If possible, turn off and stop using suspected appliance


Leave the home immediately and get help from the nearest neighbor


Call 911


New Home Owner?

Get your home inspected before you own. When in doubt, replace smoke detectors or replace batteries, replace or install a Carbon Monoxide Detector, install new filters. Only let a trained, qualified professional install and inspect appliances. Know where your shut-off valves are located for gas, electric, and water. Know your home! Have an escape plan and implement home safety protocol. 


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Comments (10)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - the proper placement and maintenance of ones home safety equipment is something that can be overlooked in the course of a normal day.  And a seemingly normal day can change in an instant.  

Jul 27, 2021 04:23 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - Good point!

Ignoring maintenance and safety or saying to oneself, I'll get to it later, may never come. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. 


May you have a very nice day. 


Jul 27, 2021 04:38 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good morning! This is a great reminder about the carbon monoxide inhalation symptoms, how to prevent them, and how to deal with them if they happen!


I hope your day is wonderful!

Jul 27, 2021 05:21 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Kat Palmiotti - thanks for your comment that means so much to each and everyone.

I hope your day is full of joy!

Jul 27, 2021 06:03 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Patricia.  Excellent post and heads up for all.  Make it a great day.  Mark

Jul 27, 2021 05:24 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint - Thanks! I appreciate your feedback and I'm wishing you a day that makes good memories designed just for you!

Jul 27, 2021 06:04 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think the time is coming where the world will be less polluted by gas cars and that is definitely a good thing.

Jul 27, 2021 05:54 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Hi Brian EnglandEVs produce fewer emissions overall than their gas-powered counterparts, but there are caveats... Electricity is used to charge but may create carbon pollution (reference the Green Vehicle Guidlines from the EPA). I think we still have a long ways to go. 

Jul 27, 2021 06:10 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Our state has mandated carbon monoxide detectors for all homes that have open flame appliances, gas  or oil furnaces and fireplaces, or attached garages.  To ensure that it is done, at closing a seller will pay to have it done and appraisers are being asked to confirm their presence when appraising for mortgage

Jul 27, 2021 07:32 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia carbon monoxide is nothing to play games with, and all homes should have a carbon monoxide detector.

Jul 27, 2021 02:51 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ed Silva - Your State Association made a wise decision on carbon monoxide mandatory detectors. It's not required here but I'm going to suggest it. Having the Seller pay to have the test done before the Appraiser gets there with confirmation that the test was done is a brilliant idea! It really should be on all state disclosures. Thank you, so much for sharing.


George Souto - Oh yes! The more I read up on it, the more I'm convinced it's a safety practice that should be implemented. 


Jul 28, 2021 05:51 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is important advice to share.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 28, 2021 09:12 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I've heard so many close call stories about ccarbo monoxide and it's pretty darn scary!

Jul 30, 2021 09:31 PM