Carbon Monoxide – danger areas in the home
September 11, 2015
Carbon monoxide is odourless, tasteless and dangerous. Dozens of preventable deaths happen due to carbon monoxide poisoning every year – the question is, why? Part of the reason is a lack of knowledge.
There are areas in your house that are more susceptible to carbon monoxide than others, and as we always say, the best offense is a good defense. Make sure to have carbon monoxide detectors installed in all high-traffic areas of your home and have any gas appliances serviced regularly.
Here are a couple of the biggest danger zones in the house:
The Furnace Room: This is the first places to check when it comes to carbon monoxide. When your furnace is burning gas to heat your home, it produces carbon monoxide. This carbon monoxide is normally vented out of your house via a flue, but sometimes mechanical failures can cause leaks. Have your furnace checked every year for issues. A checkup can run as little as $45 and will help keep your family safe.
The Kitchen: Have gas appliances? Anything that uses natural gas to operate has the potential to cause problems for you and your family. Regularly check your lines to make sure there are no leaks. Even a small leak could cause big problems.
The Patio: Have an enclosed patio? Keep it safe! Make sure not to use a barbeque or other cooking devices in this enclosed area. The coverings will capture all the gases and keep them contained. Any charcoal or gas cooking devices need to be used in well-ventilated area.
These are just a few of the places you can run into problems with carbon monoxide.
Stay safe around appliances and other household objects that could put of carbon monoxide and make sure to test and regularly replace your carbon monoxide detectors. A little bit of vigilance could save you in an emergency.
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