Every year one of the top silent killers in the United States is Carbon Monoxide. It’s a silent killer because people who die from CO Poisoning often are asleep and unaware that they are breathing in harmful chemicals.
Sadly, without a carbon monoxide alarm in a home, the individual who is inhaling CO will not make it out of the home and often dies from CO poisoning.
An Odorless Killer
Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that’s emitted by the incomplete combustion of carbon, and most cases of CO poisoning typically happen during the winter and spring because that’s when most people are using portable heaters and generators they would at other times during the year.
CO Poisoning can also come from burning wood, charcoal, gas ranges, lanterns, and portable generators so it’s always important to keep your home well-ventilated if you plan on using any of these things so that you can avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning you should have your HVAC maintained at least once a year, especially before the start of each winter because this will ensure that your heater is able to function properly when you really need it the most.
Besides annual HVAC maintenance, if you have a fireplace in your home you should have your vents and flues cleaned regularly.
Once you have your HVAC maintained you should also invest in carbon monoxide detectors and set a calendar reminder to change the batteries in those monitors at least every 90 days.