It's that time of year where we are turning on our furnaces. Many of us have propane or natural gas furnaces or wood burning stoves. It's important to understand carbon monoxide so you can keep yourself & your family safe. Your risk for carbon monoxide poisoning rises as temperatures drop. Please have your heating system inspected annually & make sure you have proper ventilation in garages, gas stoves, always keep fireplace flues open when in use!
Carbon monoxide is impossible to see, taste or smell, so it can kill you before you even know it's there! According to the EPA, it can originate from unvented kerosene or gas space heaters, back drafting or leaking chimneys, furnaces, gas water heaters, gas stoves, wood stoves, & fireplaces. Also, generators, any gas powered equipment, & automobile exhaust from attached garages. Purchase a carbon monoxide detector for each floor of your home, put them near sleeping areas in your home along the bottom half of the wall. Just like smoke detectors, check the batteries annually.
Signs of Carbon monoxide poisoning: Low levels can cause Headache, Fatigue, Shortness of breath, Nausea, Diziness. Higher levels can cause Vomiting, loss of muscular coordination, mental confusion, & loss of consciousness. Extended exposure at high levels can be fatal.