Carbon Monoxide

Family Safety: Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer

  Family Safety: Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer The winter season is upon us and as we all begin to turn on the heaters in our homes, we should all be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide and what you can to do keep your family safe. We go into a lot of homes as a part of our installation service and we are surprised by how many families lack a simple safety feature like a carbon monoxide detector. This is an essential tool in keeping your family safe. Installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home is the law in many states and the single most important thing you can do to protect your family at home from carbon monoxide poisoning. See the carbon monoxide fact sheet at the Center For Disease Control and Prevention website for more on what you can do, symptoms, and how it attacks your body. Be sure to check out their main Carbon Monoxide Poisoning site for a wealth of detailed information regarding the subject.   About Carbon Monoxide What is it? Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. Where is it found? Carbon monoxide is found in many places all around us. Vehicle exhaust, small gasoline engines like those found in portable generators, gas stoves, burning charcoal and wood, gas ranges and heating systems, just to name a few. Carbon monoxide is found in combustion flames and is frequently overlooked as a danger. Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. The most common symptoms include headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and confusion. In severe cases,the person may lose consciousness or die. CO poisoning can often be mistaken for […]

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Carbon Monoxide (CO) Sensor – Safety Tips

The Hard Facts Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that you cannot see, taste or smell. Each year, 184 children in the United States die due to carbon monoxide poisoning and more than 20,000 children visit the emergency room. The danger of carbon monoxide is increased in the winter or during hurricane season because fuel-powered devices are used more frequently. Top Tips Make sure your home has a carbon monoxide alarm. As with smoke alarms, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas, and keep them at least 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances. Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms, and vice versa. Combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are available. Don’t use a grill, generator or camping stove inside your home, garage or near a window. If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Don’t leave a car, SUV or motorcycle engine running inside a garage. If using gasoline-powered devices, store gasoline in a locked location where children cannot access it. Keep only small quantities in an approved container that has child safety features. Keep gasoline away from any source of heat, spark or flame. Even common household appliances such as water heaters and clothes dryers can start a gasoline fire. Be sure to store your gasoline away from anything that could ignite it. More info on CO Sensors.  

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