Carbon Monoxide Safety
Poisoning by this colorless, odorless gas can be easily prevented with a few simple safety measures.
Complete this safety checklist and protect your family from carbon monoxide dangers.
Know Carbon Monoxide Sources Any equipment that burns gas, oil, charcoal, wood, natural gas or propane can cause CO poisoning:
Furnaces, Fireplaces, Grills, Cook tops/Ranges, Water heaters, Generators, Lawnmowers & power tools, Cars. Any appliance with a pilot light.
Familiarize Your Family with the Signs of CO Poisoning
Dizziness, Headache, Nausea/Vomiting, Shortness of breath, Mental confusion, Loss of coordination, Loss of consciousness, Organ damage, Death
Know What to Do in a Carbon Monoxide Emergency
Immediately leave the home. Meet in a pre-planned outdoor location with clean, fresh air.
Contact the fire department once all family members are accounted for.
Do not re-enter the home until a pro has inspected it, aired it out, and determined it’s safe.
Install CO Detectors Be sure to properly install CO detectors, placing one on each level of your home, and one beside each sleeping area.
Locate in an open/accessible area (no corners) on a ceiling/wall, away from drapes/furniture. If you’re unsure where to locate detectors, your local heating repair company can help you.
Replace Detector Batteries Regularly Twice-per-year is best, once before prime heating season.
Test Regularly Test at least twice-per-month, cleaning them gently with a vacuum brush or compressed air when needed.
Replace Detectors Before they Expire Detectors expire and should be replaced every 5-7-years to ensure you and your family are protected with the latest in fully-functional CO safety technology.
Keep a Watchful Eye on Venting It is not uncommon for emergency HVAC service technicians to encounter combustion appliance venting that has been blocked by bird nests, animal debris, snow and ice, which can prevent the proper flow of exhaust, causing carbon monoxide buildup in your home.
Ensure Chimneys & Flues are Professionally Cleaned & Inspected Annually Blocked chimneys/flues are a common cause of CO buildup.
Don’t Neglect Combustion Appliance Care Be sure to schedule heating repair services annually to ensure your heater/furnace is operating correctly and properly vented.