“The Silent Killer.”
That’s one of the names for carbon monoxide (CO)—and rightly so. According to Lung.org, CO exposure from fuel-burning, residential appliances kill almost 450 people each year. Also, it’s estimated that CO poisoning sends another 50,000 to the emergency room.
So how can you protect your family from CO poisoning?
First let’s take a moment to understand what CO is and how it poisons you. Then we’ll check out CO poisoning symptoms.
Finally, we’ll give you advice how to prevent CO from causing harm in your home.
What is carbon monoxide and how does is poison you?
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can kill in minutes since it’s toxic. CO’s ability to remain undetected by your senses is what makes it a “silent” killer.
CO is toxic because it reduces your blood’s ability to carry oxygen because red blood cells pick up CO faster than it can oxygen.
So, if you’re exposed to CO for too long, you’ll die from asphyxiation (lack of oxygen).
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
The most common symptoms of CO poisoning, according to the CDC include:
It’s hard to diagnose carbon monoxide poisoning because it mimics other problems you might be having.
Causes of carbon monoxide in your home
You produce CO whenever you burn fuels like natural gas, oil, wood, or kerosene, This, of course means, CO comes from
How to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your home
CO is only dangerous when it’s not vented properly out of your home. Follow these tips to keep it properly vented out of your home.
This article, is a sort of continuation from our previous article, “Is Yearly Furnace Maintenance a Scam?” The possibility of CO from harming your family is just another reasons why furnace maintenance is wise.
To get your furnace maintained, contact Ragsdale Air.
Ragsdale Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing has been serving the metro Atlanta area for over 20 years.