Seven Ways to Protect Your Cobb County Home From The Silent Killer: Carbon Monoxide
Unfortunately, carbon monoxide is invisible to the naked eye. It is even more unfortunate that in high levels, carbon monoxide can kill a person in minutes. Often called the silent killer, because you can not see carbon monoxide (or CO). It is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, and propane burn incompletely. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. It is estimated another 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. All People and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups (including unborn babies, infants and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems) being more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide.
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An excess of carbon monoxide, leading to CO poisoning, can occur due to numerous causes like faulty furnaces or other heating appliances. Portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers and idling cars left running in garages are also common cause of CO poisoning. Taking some very basic precautionary steps will help reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your Cobb County home. Protect yourself by reviewing the following tips provided by the United States Fire Administration.
- Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home.
- Make sure vents for the drying, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of soot, snow, or other debris.
- Have fuel-burning appliances, like oil and gas furnaces , gas or kerosene heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves inspected by a trained professional regularly (at minimum once a year).
- Only use barbecue grills outside, away from all doors, windows, vents and other building openings. Some grills can produce CO gas. Never use grills inside the home or the garage, even if the doors are open.
- Make sure all fuel-burning equipment is vented to the outside to avoid CO poisoning. Keep the venting for exhaust clear and unblocked.
- Open the damper for proper ventilation before using a fireplace. Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home.
- If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if the garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice, or other materials.
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