Annually, over 20,000 people go to the emergency room due to carbon monoxide poisoning. This colorless, odorless gas is called the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is given off by fireplaces, boilers, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning climbs during the colder months when people are trying to warm their homes. To help keep you safe, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some tips to safety keep your home heated.
- Put in a CO detector on all floors of your home and change the batteries every year.
- Keep all likely sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, a minimum of three feet away from furnaces, space heaters, fire places, or stoves.
- Before starting a fire in the fireplace, always check to ensure the chimney damper is open and unobstructed.
- Don’t leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure all embers in the fireplace are totally extinguished before leaving the area.
- Space heaters should always be situated on the floor, and on a hard, incombustible surface, like concrete or tile. Keep young ones and animals away from space heaters.
- When purchasing a new space heater, buy a model that turns off automatically if the heater tumbles 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 yearly.
The best thing you can do for your heating equipment is to make sure it’s not only up to the task of keeping your home warm all winter but also safe, is to call for your furnace tune-up. During your fall tune-up, Service Experts will check to make sure your heating system is operating safely with a complete multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 866-397-3787 today and ask how you can save on a heating tune-up through November 25th.