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Carbon Monoxide – A Winter Killer
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Carbon monoxide – colorless, odorless and toxic. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 people die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning each year in the U.S. More than 20,000 emergency room visits and 4000 hospitalizations are also to blame on this killer. More of the deaths occur during the winter months, likely due to the increased use of gas-powered furnaces and alternative heating, cooking, and power sources used during power outages.

Chances are high that you have a natural gas furnace, a cheaper, cleaner way to heat, but one with the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of the combustion of natural gas. Anything that burns can emit carbon monoxide, but natural gas appliances present the highest potential danger.

One of the best ways to avoid becoming another statistic – install carbon monoxide alarms in central areas on every floor of your home and outside sleeping areas. These battery-operated, early warning systems alert you to accumulating carbon monoxide and could save a life. If the detectors go off, leave your house immediately and call the proper authorities for help.

You should also get an HVAC contractor to clean and inspect your furnace every year, along with getting someone to clean your chimneys.

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

·        Dull headache

·        Weakness

·        Dizziness

·        Nausea or vomiting

·        Shortness of breath

·        Confusion

·        Blurred vision

·        Loss of consciousness

 

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be especially dangerous for people who are sleeping or are intoxicated. People may have irreversible brain damage or even be killed before anyone realizes there's a problem. If you think you or someone you're with may have carbon monoxide poisoning, get into fresh air and seek emergency medical care.

To schedule an inspection of your furnace, call Crane.

 





 

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