Annually, over 20,000 people end up in the emergency room because of carbon monoxide poisoning. This colorless, odorless gas is called the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide, as specified by the CDC, is produced by stoves, gas ranges, boilers, furnaces, and fireplaces so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the heating months when people are trying to heat their homes. To help keep you safe, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a couple tips to safety heat your home.
- Install a CO detector on every floor of your home and swap out the batteries annually.
- Keep all possible sources of combustion, such as clothing, rugs, or bedding, at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, furnaces or fireplaces.
- Before igniting a fire in the fireplace, make sure you check to ensure the chimney damper is open and unclogged.
- Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unwatched. Shut off space heaters and be sure all embers in the fireplace are fully extinguished before leaving the area.
- Space heaters should always be situated on the floor, and on a hard, fire-resistant surface, like ceramic tile. Keep kids and pets away from space heaters.
- When investing in a new space heater, buy a model that shuts off automatically if the heater falls over.
- Don’t use a cooking range to heat your home.
- Have fireplaces, chimneys, gas or oil furnaces, and coal and wood stoves professionally examined and cleaned annually.
The ultimate thing you can do for your heating system is to make sure it’s not only ready to keep you warm all winter but also safe, is to schedule your fall tune-up. During your heating tune-up, Service Experts will check to ensure your heating equipment is operating safely with a full multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 925-364-5427 today and ask how you can save on a fall tune-up through November 25th.