Every year over 20,000 people go to the emergency room due to carbon monoxide poisoning. This odorless and colorless gas is called the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide, as specified by the CDC, is put off by fireplaces, boilers, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning climbs during the winter months when people are trying to keep their homes heated. To help keep your family safe, Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare is here with some tips to safety keep your home heated.
- Install a CO detector on every floor of your home and change 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 starting a fire in the fireplace, always check to ensure the chimney damper is open and unclogged.
- Don’t leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended. Turn off space heaters and make 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, nonflammable surface, like concrete or tile. Keep kids and furbabies away from space heaters.
- When buying a new space heater, invest in a model that turns off automatically if the heater falls over.
- Do not 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 best thing you can do for your heating equipment is to be sure it’s not only ready to keep your home warm all winter but also safe, is to schedule your furnace tune-up. During your fall tune-up, Abbey Air will check to be sure your heating system is operating safely with a full multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 289-813-5566 today and find out how you can save on a furnace tune-up through November 25th.