Do You Know the Signs of a Carbon Monoxide Leak?

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is also known as CO. It can cause illness and death.

Where It Is Found

Carbon monoxide is produced in your home from stoves, gas ranges and gas heating systems. The CO builds up in semi-enclosed and enclosed spaces. People in these enclosed spaces can be poisoned from the gas.

What Are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:

  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

Inhaling high levels of carbon monoxide can lead to illness and death. Unless you suspect a carbon monoxide leak, it can be difficult for doctors to diagnose CO poisoning because the symptoms are the same as other illnesses. If you are sleeping, you can succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning without ever experiencing symptoms.

Prevention

You should have your gas appliances, gas water heater and gas heating systems inspected and serviced by a professional every year.

Avoid using portable, flameless heaters inside. They burn gas and could cause carbon monoxide to build up in your home.

You need a carbon monoxide detector in your home. It should be battery operated or be backed up by batteries. Change the batteries every six months.

Gas appliances need to be vented properly so that carbon monoxide does not build up.

Do not burn anything in a fireplace or stove if it is not vented.

Your chimney needs to be cleaned and checked every year.

Vent pipes should never be patched with gum or tape as this can cause CO buildup.

You can prevent a carbon monoxide leak from your vent pipe joints if your horizontal vent pipes are not perfectly level. Your homes inside vent pipes should rise slightly as they go outside.

Do not use a generator inside of your home or garage.

Your family’s safety is important. A qualified professional can help you keep your home and loved ones safe from carbon monoxide poisoning. For more information on how to prevent a carbon monoxide leak or other home comfort and safety issues in Fort Collins, contact Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning.

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