AirBenders invites you to read this article on the dangers posed by carbon monoxide poisoning and the steps to take to ensure the safety of you and your family.
You’ve probably heard the horror stories that have circulated the media in the past couple of decades- carbon monoxide poisoning. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 400 people die in the US from CO poisoning alone. And being that it’s both colorless and odorless, detecting it, is just that much harder. That’s why you’ve got carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home, right?
Well, there’s a catch.
CO detectors are not always reliable. In fact, a recent study has shown that forty percent of detectors failed to alarm in hazardous concentrations. A further test on online bought alarms reported the importance of purchasing reliable UL certified alarm detectors, as other non-brands often fail safety tests.
That’s why its necessary to take precautions in not only having certified alarm detectors regular maintenance for all your systems. Check out a few of our tips below.
How To Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure
- Have a qualified service technician monitor your heating system, water heater and any other oil and gas appliances every year. Scheduling regular maintenance ensures safe< installation of fuel-burning devices and appropriate venting for your devices.
- Keep a record of all safety checks, your service technician should supply you with all relevant information on the checks carried out in your home.
- Ensure you keep an eye on your carbon monoxide detector and replace the battery frequently as recommended by your manufacturer.
- Check that your CO detector is UL certified. Your detector should have the UL symbol on the back.
- Keep your vents clear so that there is nothing obstructing your fireplace, chimney, furnace or dryer vents. This is particularly crucial after a storm or snowfall.
- If your CO detector does sound, evacuate the building as soon as possible and call 911. Ensure you seek medical attention should you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Start up an engine in a closed area. For example, you should never run a car or truck in a garage (even if its open). This restricts ventilation and CO can quickly enter your home.
- Use emergency generators indoors, in your garage or basement. These need to be at least 25 feet away from your windows.
- Heat your house using a kitchen range like your oven or stove.
- Wait until there is a problem- this could have tragic consequences.
If you live anywhere in Northern Virginia including the following cities: Ashburn, Sterling, Chantilly, South Riding, Mclean, Vienna, Reston, Herndon, Reston, Tysons Corner, Fairfax, Springfield, Alexandria, Leesburg and surrounding area feel free to call AirBenders at 703-793- 9090 and we can come and address your problem. If you do not live in areas mentioned above, please consult with your local professionals.
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