A serious threat in homes and businesses is something we cannot normally perceive — the silent killer, carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide cannot be detected by sight, taste or scent. It is produced by an incomplete combustion process by such appliances as gas ovens, fireplaces, kerosene heaters, charcoal grills, clothes dryers and others. Much like we have smoke detectors to alert the household of a potential fire, we are also able to discover carbon monoxide exposure using a CO detector.
A CO detector is designed to be set off before carbon monoxide has the opportunity to do any real harm to people. Due to the nature of the threat, it’s important to do your research in order to determine which detector is right for you. The detectors work best when they can cover a wider area, so it may be valuable to purchase multiple detectors to place around your house or workplace. If the detector does sound to warn of carbon monoxide exposure, evacuate your house or workplace and call 911 immediately.
When purchasing and installing an early alert CO detector, utilize common sense and careful planning. Here are some tips to help keep you safe and prepared.
- Have an expert technician inspect any appliances that run on oil, gas or coal at least once a year.
- Never run your vehicle in the garage, as it can more easily compartmentalize the carbon monoxide (even with an open door).
- Be mindful when using any devices that produce carbon monoxide inside your home.
- Grilling is a popular pastime in the Texas Panhandle, but never use a gas or charcoal grill indoors or in a garage.
If you fear that you or someone you know may has experienced carbon monoxide poisoning, make sure to seek medical attention. Effects of CO poisoning can include dizziness, nausea, confusion, flu-like events, lightheadedness, and, in more severe cases, damage to the central nervous system and the heart, and even death.
For more information on carbon monoxide detectors and other home safety products, feel free to contact us at Amarillo Air. We’ve been serving the Amarillo area since 1960.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about CO detectors and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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