Carbon monoxide (CO) is sometimes called the “silent killer” because it is a colorless, odorless poisonous gas. CO is produced anytime combustion occurs and must be vented outside.
Items that produce CO:
- gas heaters
- water heaters
- wood burning stoves
- gas clothes dryers
- fire places
Here are some tips to prevent a build up of CO in your home:
- Check all appliance vent pipes at least once a year to ensure proper venting. Look for dislodged tubing and blocked vents
- Heavy snowfall can block vents
- Do not idle vehicles inside garages
- Operate generators in well ventilated areas
Signs and symptoms of CO poisoning:
To detect CO in your home you must have a CO detector.
They are battery operated, simple to install and can be purchased at any home improvement store.
If your believe you have a build up of CO in your home:
- Ventilate your home by opening windows and doors
- Have everyone go outside to allow for ventilation
- Shut off possible sources of CO
- Contact your gas provider to check your appliances
- Call 911 if anyone is showing signs of CO poisoning
CO information sheets: