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Seven Ways to Prevent CO2 Poisoning

October 27, 2016

Seven Ways to Prevent CO2 Poisoning

Carbon monoxide, also known as CO2, is a colorless, odorless gas found in fumes produced by fuel (such as gas, oil, or coal) burned by vehicles, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges and stoves, or furnaces. Typically, CO2 gas leaks can be caused by poorly fitted gas hosing, and insufficiently maintained or faulty appliances.

People and animals are both at risk for CO2 poisoning, and can get sick from it—or die—without realizing the cause or that it is present in their home or work space. Often mistake for the flu, symptoms from CO2 poisoning include chest pain, confusion, dizziness, upset stomach and/or vomiting, weakness, and, in extreme cases, death.

How Can YOU prevent CO2 Poisoning in Your Home?

  1. Install a battery-operated CO2 detector. Along with smoke detectors, your home should have a sufficient amount of CO2 detectors, preferably outside your bedroom door or common areas, to alert you to high levels of CO2 concentration. Make sure to check the batteries twice a year.

  2. When cooking, ensure a blue flame is present when in normal use, and that the pilot light stays steadily lit.

  3. The nose knows. If you smells something out of the ordinary, especially near an appliance like your refrigerator or furnace, turn off the gas and go outside. Call to have an inspection or service done immediately by a knowledgeable technician. While waiting, open doors and windows to increase the air flow. Once arriving, the technician will then be able to pinpoint if there is a leak and the necessary proper venting in place, and what next steps to take.

  4. Be aware of your vehicle’s exhaust system. Have a mechanic check out your exhaust annually, and when running your car or truck or using the tailgate, keep the area well-ventilated with fresh air continually moving through from a window, garage door, or vent.

  5. Keep your chimney cleaned and clear of any debris that may trap CO2 within your home.

  6. Use generators outside. In the event of a power outage or other times a generator is needed, make sure to use the generator outside, keeping it at least 20 feet away from your door, window, or venting.

  7. Never use your range or oven for heating. Additionally, you should never use charcoal or portable gas camping stoves inside as they, too, can release CO2 into your home.

Don’t be a casualty to this preventable risk. To learn more about CO2 poisoning prevention or to purchase a CO2 detector, please contact MaxAir today. 

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