In many parts of Colorado, the winter season usually means that it’s time to prepare for the snow and figure out if extra work needs to be done to heat homes. For people whose heat comes from wood-burning or gas-burning appliances, however, the winter can also mean an increased risk of CO (carbon monoxide) poisoning.
So, if you will be living, working or visiting somewhere with these heating sources, it’s important for you to understand the symptoms of CO poisoning and how you can prevent CO poisoning at home.
CO Exposure & CO Poisoning Symptoms
CO, a byproduct of combustion, arises whenever something is burned. While this can mean that people are exposed to CO when this gas is not properly channeled and emitted outside (rather than accumulating within homes), it can also mean that CO builds up when certain types of appliances start wearing down – or when they have faulty equipment or lack safety mechanisms.
Generally, some examples of CO sources in homes include:
- Boilers and furnaces
- Gas ovens and stoves
- Power tools, lawn mowers and lawn equipment
- Motor vehicles.
Avoid CO Poisoning This Winter with these Tips
Install CO detectors on every level of your home.
- Replace the batteries at least once every year (ideally when you change your clocks to couple up these habits/practices).
- Before burning anything in a fireplace or stove, make sure the flues or vents are open and clear. If necessary have them professionally cleaned to ensure optimal venting.
- Don’t use charcoal or camping grills inside.
- Don’t burn anything in an appliance that is not vented to the outside.
- Get your HVAC system and major appliances serviced this winter.
- If running your vehicle to warm it up, do so outdoors, outside of an enclosure where CO can get trapped (CO can accumulate even if garage doors are open).
- If you or a loved one develops the signs of CO poisoning, seek emergency medical attention.
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