Protecting your home from carbon monoxide
Get your fireplace inspected and cleaned every couple years, or yearly if you build frequent fires.
Have frequent headaches, nausea, dizziness or flu-like symptoms without fever? These symptoms might be a sign of chronic carbon monoxide poisoning, which can result from ongoing unsafe levels of carbon monoxide in your home or environment.
Additionally, acute carbon monoxide poisoning produces symptoms that appear quickly and can overtake people before they have a chance to respond. Each year, more than 200 people die as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning, and the majority of these deaths are preventable.
What Is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas that results when fossil fuels such as wood, kerosene, gasoline, charcoal, natural gas, propane and oil don't combust completely. It can result from numerous flame-fueled places in your home, including your range or oven, clothes dryer, furnace, fireplace, gas grill, space heater, water heater or car.
Babies, children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with respiratory and circulatory ailments and some other diseases are especially vulnerable to carbon monoxide and can experience poisoning symptoms earlier than other adults. What's more, those who work in occupations where they are in frequent, heavy traffic or spend a great deal of time in car garages can have elevated carbon monoxide levels in their blood.
How Do I Protect My Home from Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is present in low levels in the air. In order to keep it from reaching dangerous levels, follow these precautions:
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