6-Ways to Protect your Family from Carbon Monoxide



Wherever there is combustion, there is carbon monoxide, and this includes our homes. Apart from our heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems (HVAC), this deadly toxin can also originate from fireplaces, white goods such as refrigerators, and cooking gas and oil furnaces. Symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure are headaches, dizziness, nausea, and a general feeling of being unwell. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that acute poisoning from carbon monoxide can cause unconsciousness or death, and sustained exposure to this toxin can lead to heart diseases. 

Carbon monoxide is called a silent killer because it is colorless, tasteless, and odorless. Its presence cannot be felt until it starts affecting your health. This short article shows some effective ways to prevent carbon monoxide leakage in your home so that your family can live happily and healthily.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors


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Since this gas cannot be traced by human senses, installing a carbon monoxide detector is vital for all homes. It works much like a fire alarm and sets off a warning when it senses carbon monoxide presence exceeding a pre-set level. If your home is large or multistory, you should install multiple carbon monoxide detectors in consultation with a home maintenance expert.  There are different types of carbon monoxide detectors on the market, such as biometric, metal oxide, and electrochemical sensors. An expert can also help you make the right choice.

Maintain Carbon Monoxide Detectors

These devices can prove to be life-saving. After installing them in your home, it is critical that you maintain them well. Test the working condition of carbon monoxide sensors regularly.

Keep the Ventilators Clean

Be sure to clean the ventilators in your HVAC systems regularly. Soot and other particulate discharge from chimneys and flues should also be cleaned periodically. If this is not done, the accumulated pollutants will prevent carbon monoxide from escaping in the exterior air and instead, route it back into your home.

Do Not Over-use Home Equipment and White Goods

Modern homes have multiple numbers of equipment running on combustible substances such as cooking and refrigeration gas, oil, and fuel. All these gadgets and appliances emit carbon monoxide. It is vital that you don’t over-use them since that will cause their overheating and excessive discharge of carbon monoxide.

Follow Product Instructions and Guidelines

Home appliances and gadgets that emit carbon monoxide come with detailed information about their usage. Read this information and guidelines thoroughly and follow them. If parts need to be replaced periodically, do that without fail.

Do Not Run Engines Inside Your Home

This precaution means you don’t run generators, cooking stoves, or other facilities such as grills inside your home. If your garage is exposed to living spaces, you should also avoid running the car engine inside the garage.

Carbon monoxide is a quiet toxin that is potentially harmful to your family. Preventing its excessive spread in your home is not a simple DIY measure, as it requires the services of home maintenance specialists on a regular basis. Let your home be carbon monoxide-free, and be worry-free.


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