Each year over 20,000 people visit the hospital as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. This colorless, odorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide, as confirmed by the CDC, is put off by gas ranges, furnaces, fireplaces, stoves, and boilers so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the heating months when people are trying to warm their homes. To help keep your family safe, Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts is here with a couple tips to safety warm your home.
- Install a CO detector on each floor of your home and change the batteries yearly.
- Keep all possible sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, a distance over three feet away from space heaters, stoves, furnaces or fireplaces.
- Before lighting a fire in the fireplace, always check to verify the chimney damper is open and unclogged.
- Don’t leave portable heaters or fireplaces alone. Power off space heaters and be sure all embers in the fireplace are completely extinguished before leaving either heating source unattended.
- Space heaters should always be placed on the floor, and on a hard, fire-resistant surface, like ceramic tile. Keep young ones and animals 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 stove to increase the temperature in your home.
- Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and gas or oil furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned annually.
The ultimate thing you can do for your heating system is to make sure it’s not only up to the task of keeping you warm all winter but also safe, is to call for your fall tune-up. During your heating tune-up, Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts will check to be sure your heating system is operating safely with a complete multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 226-773-3357 today and find out how you can save on a furnace tune-up through November 25th.