CARBON MONOXIDE -THE SILENT KILLER

Carbon Monoxide

Do you have a smoke detector in your home? Have you contacted your local fire department or heating and cooling contractor to run the proper tests to determine whether or not your smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors are installed correctly and have batteries? When was the last time you thought about your carbon monoxide detector? If you haven’t even thought about purchasing a carbon monoxide detector, we have some very urgent reasons why you should.

Considered the “Silent Killer”

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, each year more than 150 Americans die from non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning associated with faulty consumer products. When we are talking about consumer products, we mean common things in your home like furnaces, water heaters and stoves. These are appliances that the majority of people do have in their home but if not properly maintained, can release poisonous gas that is easily overlooked or undetected. One of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide is that you cannot see, taste or smell it, hence the ‘nickname’ the “Silent Killer”. Fortunately, a simple carbon monoxide detector installed correctly can solve the problem of not being able to detect the poisonous gas.

Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be commonly mistaken for many other things including a common cold or stomach bug. Usually the symptoms are gradual and could be overlooked by parents and doctors. A carbon monoxide detector can alert you if there are any problems in your home. If you are without a detector, the symptoms to look for include:

headache
nausea and vomiting
vertigo
altering states of consciousness
weakness
uncoordinated movements in children
Luckily, regular maintenance on your furnace each year from Air Solutions Heating and Cooling including testing Carbon Monoxide levels from your furnace. If you do not have a Carbon Monoxide detector please call us! 918-347-7091

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The easiest ways to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning are to have a working carbon monoxide detector, once a year scheduling your homes clean and check to monitor your furnace and gas appliances and to be aware of the sound of the alarm. We have more tips for you below on how to protect your family from carbon monoxide.

Make sure you discuss carbon monoxide detectors with your family and children to ensure they understand how the detector works and what they should do if they hear the alarm.
Be aware of the sources of carbon monoxide in your home especially furnaces and other heading sources.
Make sure all your appliances are working properly and also check your detectors, both carbon monoxide and fire detectors, to make sure they work and the batteries are working.
Make sure you have proper ventilation around all your heating sources.
Install monitoring devices for the early detection of excess carbon monoxide.
Keep yourself informed about the risks associated with carbon monoxide poisoning and be sure to stay aware of the signs and symptoms.
Our customer’s awareness of this “Silent Killer” is very important to us! For more information on the brands of Carbon Monoxide detectors Air Solutions Heating and Cooling offers contact us today.
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