Carbon Monoxide, also known as CO is a gas that can be produced by incomplete combustion when carbon-based materials such as, wood, propane, natural gas, oil, gasoline, and kerosene are burned.
CO is COLORLESS & ODORLESS!!!!!!
If you have been subjected to CO poisoning you may have flu-like symptoms such as; headaches, dizziness, vomiting, weakness, and tightness in the chest. Be suspicious of all family members who share similar symptoms and that clear when outside of your home. If symptoms persist see a doctor, and have your heating system checked for any CO leaks.
TO PREVENT CO Poisoning:
- Have a licensed heating contractor inspect your heating system yearly
- Never use a gas range to heat your home
- Keep flues and chimneys free of debris
- Clear snow and ice from exhaust and combustion air vents for gas appliances
- Use a clean filter in your furnace- standards are that you change your filter monthly
- Do not operate a BBQ grill in a closed area
- Do not run a gasoline powered equipment in a closed area
- Check for rusted pipes that run from the furnace to the hot water heater, do not patch, they need to be replaced immediately
- purchase a CO detector, this detector works like a fire alarm detecting large amounts of CO. Remember CO is known as the silent killer, preventative measures save lives.
If you suspect CO:
- DO NOT PANIC, get out of the building quickly
- If anyone is experiencing symptoms or overcome by poisoning call 911
- Open doors and windows for fresh air
- Turn T-stat to lowest setting
- Turn off all un-vented appliances
- Turn the water heater to lowest setting
- Check flues obstructions
- Check for soot around the heater and furnace
- Check for vehicles or small engine operating in attached garages or basement
If you are unable to determine the cause call a licensed heating contractor