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Carbon Monoxide 101

Posted: January 13, 2017

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Chances are you know that Carbon Monoxide (CO) is dangerous. But how much do you really know about CO?

Here are some CO safety basics for you and your family:

What carbon monoxide (CO) is

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, odorless gas produced when you burn propane, wood, oil, or any other kind of fuel. If it accumulates in your home can cause illness, disorientation, or even death.

How CO accumulates

Carbon monoxide usually builds up due to either improper ventilation or equipment breakdown. Conditions that can lead to these problems include:

Symptoms of CO Poisoning

Symptoms of CO poisoning worsen as exposure to the gas increases.

What to do if someone has CO poisoning symptoms

3 best ways to prevent CO poisoning

  1. Have a CO exposure plan – Teach everyone living in your home the signs of CO poisoning and what to do if someone is experiencing them
  2. Maintain your equipment – Perform routine maintenance on all fuel-burning appliances – and never attempt a home heating repair yourself!
  3. Install CO detectors – They are inexpensive and they work. Make sure they’re on every level of your home.

Stay safe this winter! Contact us today to learn more, or to service your propane or heating oil equipment!