Keep Your Home Safe from Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a deadly and often undetectable gas; find out how you can keep your family safe from it.

Carbon monoxide (CO), is a colorless, odorless gas that is released by burning gasoline, natural gas, propane, coal, or wood. CO is dangerous because, when inhaled, it prevents oxygen from reaching the body’s cells and can eventually lead to suffocation. Don’t leave your family vulnerable to the threat of CO poisoning; learn how you prevent a CO accident with these tips.

1) Know Your Risks

Around your home, the most common producers of CO are fireplaces, furnaces, and your car. When these fuel-burning items are used in well-ventilated areas, CO will disperse and will not pose a risk. However, even low levels of CO can trigger reactions. Early signs of CO poisoning include headache, dizziness, nausea, chest pain, and confusion. If you experience these symptoms while in close proximity to a fuel-burning appliance, there’s a chance that the CO isn’t properly escaping. Quickly turn off the CO-releasing item and leave the area as quickly as possible. You should only return after giving the CO adequate time to disperse.

2) Keep Vents Clear

Make sure that nothing is blocking your home’s vents. Blockages can cause CO to build up inside your home and can have deadly consequences. During winter, check to make sure a storm hasn’t caused a blockage and be vigilant about snow accumulating in front of your home’s vents.

3) Avoid Running Engines in Enclosed Spaces

Never run a vehicle, grill, stove, or generator in an enclosed area such as a closed garage or basement. Be warned, even running a car inside an open garage can cause toxic levels of CO to accumulate.

4) Install CO Alarms

Make sure you have CO alarms installed on every floor of your home and in every sleeping area of your home. If you hear a CO alarm go off, immediately move your family outside and call emergency services.

Use these tips to keep your home and family safe from toxic CO poisoning. Remember, another way to make sure your loved ones and home stay safe is to have the right insurance coverage. To find the best policy for you, contact the experts at Desert Empire Insurance. Our dedicated team is ready to get you covered today.