Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: A Threat to Anyone Enjoying the Comfort of Home Heating

If you could do something simple to stop a silent, deadly killer, would you do it? Carbon monoxide poisoning, caused by fuel-burning equipment like furnaces, kills over 200 people a year. It’s important to take steps to protect you, your family and your home.

Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is tasteless, colorless and odorless, all of which makes it particularly deadly. A person dealing with this kind of poisoning may think they have a cold or the flu. This often delays diagnosis and treatment. Anyone with persistent flu-like symptoms and exhaustion should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Preventing CO Poisoning

    • At least once a year, have all fuel-burning appliances checked by a professional, including gas furnaces, stoves and dryers. During the inspection, the technician can adjust the burners and settings to get the cleanest burn possible, as well as find potential problems before they start.
    • If you have a chimney in your home, have a professional chimney sweep clean it once a year. The sweep can also inspect the entire length of the chimney to see if repairs are necessary. Any cracks or leaks in the chimney lining can let carbon monoxide leak into your home.
    • Install and use carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. These detectors will alert you to any build-up of this toxic gas. If the detectors ever sound, evacuate immediately and call 911.

For more on how you can protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning, or to schedule preventive maintenance on your heating system, contact Nicholson Company.

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