Annually, over 20,000 people visit the hospital as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. This colorless, odorless gas is referred to as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide, as specified by the CDC, is put off by fireplaces, boilers, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning climbs during the winter months when people are trying to heat their homes. To help keep your family safe, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple tips to safety warm your home.
- Put in a CO detector on each floor of your home and change the batteries yearly.
- Keep all possible sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, a minimum of three feet away from space heaters, stoves, furnaces or fireplaces.
- Before lighting a fire in the fireplace, make sure you check to ensure the chimney damper is open and unobstructed.
- Don’t leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended. Power off space heaters and confirm all embers in the fireplace are fully extinguished before leaving either heating source unattended.
- Space heaters should always be positioned on the floor, and on a hard, fire-resistant surface, like concrete or tile. Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
- When purchasing a new space heater, purchase a model that shuts off automatically if the heater tips over.
- Do not use a oven to warm your home.
- Have all stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, and all types of furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned annually.
The ideal thing you can do for your furnace is to be sure it’s not only all set to keep you warm all winter but also safe, is to call for your furnace tune-up. During your heating tune-up, Service Experts will check to make sure your furnace is operating safely with a complete multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 239-908-6991 today and ask how you can save on a fall tune-up through November 25th.