Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless ad tasteless gas that is produced as a result of burning charcoal, propane, wood, gasoline, or other fuels. These characteristics of carbon monoxide make it impossible to detect which leads to a life-threatening condition. Carbon monoxide poisoning is when it builds up in your bloodstream and it is combined with hemoglobin in your body. This can cause severe tissue damage, even death. Therefore, you must know how you can prevent and protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Tips to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
As carbon monoxide is a deadly gas, there are some of the tips to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Below are given some Do’s and Don’ts to consider:
- If you suspect any area which may have a buildup of carbon monoxide, immediately leave the area and seek fresh air.
- Before the heating session, you must get your fuel-burning appliances checked by a trained professional. Such appliances include:
- Wood stoves.
- Gas water heaters.
- Oil and gas furnaces.
- Gas or kerosene space heaters.
- Gas dryers.
- Gas ranges and ovens.
- Also check chimneys and flues for blockage or cracking.
- It is important that you properly choose, install, and maintain the appliances that vent their fumes to the outside.
- All fuel-burning appliances come with instructions. You must follow all the instructions to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- If you are using a gas space or kerosene heater, you must use a proper fuel and keep other doors of the home open. Moreover, for proper fuel-burning and air ventilation, crack a window
- As a backup, you should install a carbon monoxide detector. Some models perform better than others, therefore, do research and choose your carbon monoxide detector carefully.
- After installing a carbon monoxide detector, make sure that you test it periodically so that it always performs the duty it is made for.
A list of certain activities that you should avoid is given below:
- Never keep the truck or a car idling in the garage even if you have kept the door open because fumes can build up easily. And if your garage is attached to the home, these fumes can quickly seep into the home.
- Even for a shorter period, you must not use a clothes dryer or a gas oven as a heating source.
- You should never use charcoal grills indoors even if you want to use it in a fireplace
- If the room in which you sleep doesn’t have a gas space or kerosene heater with a vent, don’t sleep in that room.
- Moreover, you must never run small engines that are powered by gasoline, such as power washers, lawnmowers, snowblowers, weed trimmers, generators, or chainsaws, in enclosed areas.
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that carries no taste or smell. Breathing carbon monoxide can make you sick and if you are exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide. It can even cause death. To protect yourself and your family, you must never forget the tips, mentioned above, that can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.