30 May The Silent Killer: Carbon Monoxide
Americans are at risk for CO poisoning. Many preventable deaths occur every year. Because the gas is odorless it is difficult to detect, earning it the nickname the “silent killer”. A vehicle left running in the garage can put you at risk, as well as many household appliances that run off fuel rather than electricity. Here are some preventive steps to take in order to protect your loved ones from unnecessary risk.
Look at the image below. Can you see the carbon monoxide? Neither can anyone else, but that doesn’t mean it is not there. CO is known as the silent unseen killer because it is undetectable unless you have a CO detector.
Purchase and Install Sensors
If you install a CO detector, your risk of falling victim is significantly reduced. To ensure you get a model that meets minimum alarm requirements, buy a carbon monoxide detector from Security One that has gone through the Underwriter Laboratory’s rigorous certification process.
Other Miscellaneous Safety Tips:
- Any grilling should be done outside away from windows. You don’t want to be inhaling smoke from charcoal or gas grills.
- Try your best to recognize any potential signs or symptoms that carbon monoxide may be in the air. These signs include headaches, dizziness, and vomiting.
- Take note of the ventilation surrounding your appliances, especially appliances that put off heat.
- Inspect your chimney for blockage or excess soot. You want to ensure there is no corrosion.
- Gases like propane and kerosene should be stored safely outside the home.
- Don’t close your fireplace until you are certain the fire is totally dead.
- Don’t smoke in poorly ventilated rooms. Better to do it outside altogether.
- Avoid methylene chloride. Usually found in paint products.
- Careful where you decide to place power generators within your house
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