Learn about the silent killer - carbon monoxide. Your source for carbon monoxide safety, including an emergency action plan to follow if you suspect CO is present in your home.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and toxic gas. Smoking a cigarette; idling a gasoline engine; and burning fuel oil, wood, kerosene, natural gas, and propane all produce CO. High levels of CO can be produced when fuels are burned incompletely.
High levels of carbon monoxide (CO) can be generated by appliances that are defective or improperly installed or maintained. CO can also enter a home if an appliance venting system or chimney becomes blocked (for example, by a bird's nest). This is why it’s tremendously important part of winter safety to have your heating system regularly tuned up, and to have your chimney swept annually as well.
High levels of carbon monoxide can make you dizzy, give you headaches, or cause flu-like symptoms In extreme cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, high levels of or extended exposure can result in brain damage or death. Young children; the elderly; people with heart disease; and those under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication are particularly susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide detectors or alarms are designed to sound an alarm when they sense excessive levels of CO in the air. We recommend that you consider installing a CO detector listed by UL on each level of your home. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding installation, location, and maintenance. These devices can provide an extra measure of safety. A common myth is that CO is heavier than air and therefore you should install your carbon monoxide detectors lower on you wall. The reality is that CO is heavier than the air we breathe and therefore the proper installation of carbon monoxide detectors is on the ceiling.
Petro is your resource for more tips and facts on indoor air quality and how to improve indoor air quality. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the safety of your home heating system, please contact us immediately at 1.800.645.4328 and have one of our qualified technicians take a look at it as soon as possible.
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