The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide and What You Can Do to Protect Your Family

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide and What You Can Do to Protect Your Family

Managing the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) involves prevention and detection. CO exposure occurs when there’s inadequate oxygen for complete combustion of flammable materials. It’s one of the most dangerous combustion gases because it’s odorless, colorless and has no taste. The only way to know it’s present is with CO detectors. While CO exposure can occur outdoors, it’s most dangerous inside your home if you use any combustion appliances or have an attached garage,

It’s such a hazard because CO replaces oxygen in the bloodstream and can lethal at high levels, and health problems at lower concentrations, particularly among sensitive groups. People with heart or respiratory problems and unborn fetuses and infants have higher risk factors because their respiratory systems are vulnerable.

Keep your family safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide by:

  • Installing a CO detector on each floor of your home, starting with the hallway outside the master bedroom. The detectors should be placed at eye level or higher, at least 15 feet from any combustion appliances, and away from humid areas indoors. If you use battery-operated detectors, place them so it’s easy to check the batteries monthly, since CO detectors use more power than smoke detectors.
  • Monitoring your combustion appliances. Periodically, check the quality of the flame in the gas dryer, water heater, stove and oven. Anytime you notice that it’s burning with a yellow flame, turn the appliance off immediately and call for professional service. When they burn with a yellow flame, there isn’t enough oxygen mixing with the fuel, creating CO.
  • Having your heating system serviced annually. HVAC experts go through the entire system, cleaning, adjusting and verifying its safety. Not only does it prevent CO exposure, it improves its energy efficiency.
  • Installing weatherstripping to the door frame from the garage into your home and sealing the common wall at the floor and the ceiling with caulk or expanding foam.

The experts at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. can help you avoid the dangers of carbon monoxide by inspecting your furnace. We’ve provided top-notch HVAC services for Monmouth County homeowners for more than 60 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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