Carbon Monoxide, the silent killer as you might already be aware of is a gas that is used in heating/cooling appliances, engines, stoves, generators and other everyday appliances. While it is a useful gas when used to run appliances, it turns out to be fatal as is inhaled by humans or animals. Nonetheless, the presence of the Carbon Monoxide around us and in our homes necessitates some safety measures that could save us from the dangers that it carries. Here we mention some CO safety tips and tricks and at the end a brief mention of the symptoms of CO poisoning.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

CO Safety - Tips & Tricks


* The best ever safety tip is to have a maintenance and safety check of heating appliances; Furnace, Boiler, Water Heater etc as well as CO and smoke detectors in order to make sure they are posing no danger

* Since CO is produced by engines as well, do not run them in enclosed rooms. Opening the doors and windows won't suffice. Make sure the area is all open around the engine. For the engines that are meant to run constantly on the outside or corner of the home, keep an eye on them as the CO leak, if it occurs, would find its way into the home

* In winters, don't perform the warming of the car action in the garage. Start the car and quickly drive out to warm the engine outside in open air

* Any seals and blockages in the flues, chimneys and fireplaces can cause the carbon monoxide to spread all around. If you can't make sure your appliances and heating elements are all well, call a professional before starting using them in winter

* Here's an important one; Dirty Filters hinder the air flow that further burdens the system and results in CO leaks. Have your filters cleaned/replaced every 3-6 months

* Your home need to have ventilation whatsoever. So, if you have a well insulated home, make sure you also have a ventilation system installed

* The Carbon Monoxide Alarms need to be installed in every portion of home separately and in the middle of every sleeping area. While you can sense the leak when awake, it is difficult and often times too late to sense it when you are asleep

* Different CO detectors offer different functions and different manuals. Always read the user manual in order to make sure the right installation and follow the right cares

* Once you're done with installing the unit, don't forget to keep it maintained. The maintenance is keeping its outside clean and changing the batteries as prescribed by the manufacturer

* The snow and dust build-up on vents is a leading cause of CO leaks. For dust, make it part of the maintenance routine to clean the vents and surrounding area. But perform the cleaning specifically after snow storms

* When there's a barbeque plan, celebrate the grilling enjoyment outside. Charcoal and gas grills produce CO

* It is also important to make sure the alarm of CO is audible and everyone at home recognises the alarm while it is also important that homeowners know about the emergency to-do's

Now that the tips and tricks are over, we are mentioning some symptoms of CO poisoning.

Symptoms of CO poisoning
3 early symptoms
* Headache
* Nausea
* Dizziness

3 worsening symptoms
* Hallucination
* Blurring of vision
* Increasing heart rate

3 absolute danger symptoms
* Chest pain
* Loss of consciousness
* Coma  

For all of these symptoms, try to take the victim in the open fresh air and to the hospital as quickly as possible. Do not try any supposed DIY remedies. CO poisoning is fatal and causes death if action is not taken in time.
Take care of yourself and family. Follow the safety tips and tricks to enjoy all seasons without coming at a risk of deadly dangers.

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