What is Carbon Monoxide? Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless toxic gas produced by incomplete combustion in fuel-burning devices such as motor vehicles, gas powered furnaces, and portable generators.
So how can you protect myself and my loved ones from Carbon Monoxide? There are several things you can do to help prevent Carbon Monoxide poisioning.
- Know the symptoms
- Make sure your home or business has a carbon monoxide alarm on every level, especially near sleeping areas and at least 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances.
- Test your carbon monoxide and smoke detector alarms reguraly and replace them every 5-7 years depending on the manufacturer's label.
- When warming a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediatley after starting it. Do not leave an engine running inside a garage, even if the doors are open.
- If an alarm goes off, immediatley go outdoors or to an open window or door for some fresh air.
- Call 911 or the fire department and stay outside until emergency personnel arrive.
Everyone is at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Each year more than 400 Americans die, more than 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized from carbon monoxide poisioning. So please ensure you're protected from this potentially deadly gas.
As an added bonus, having monitored fire detection/CO detection in your home can potentially save you between 10-20% on your homeowner's insurance.
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