If you are a homeowner, you undoubtedly want to take the necessary steps to protect your investment. Installing carbon monoxide sensors in your harm greatly reduces the risk of harmful exposure. Sources of carbon dioxide emission are located throughout the home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year over 400 people in the United States perish because of unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. Knowing the potential sources of carbon monoxide aids in the effective placement of sensors. This article will describe the most common sources of carbon dioxide in the home.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
In The Kitchen
The kitchen contains numerous potential sources of carbon monoxide. Anywhere heat is emitted, there is a potential for carbon monoxide to be emitted into the air as well. Carbon monoxide is emitted when fuel burns. If the gas builds up and carbon monoxide is inhaled, it begins to replace oxygen in the body. This, in turn, causes a variety of symptoms, including possible death. If you cook with a gas stove, you need to be diligent about checking it to ensure it is working properly. Install a detector in your kitchen near the stove to alert you if a gas leak occurs.
In The Basement
Most people have a few appliances in their basement which can be sources of a carbon monoxide leak. If you have a gas powered hot water heater or dryer it is best to keep a carbon monoxide detector nearby. Make sure to have units checked by professionals on a yearly basis and have them repaired, or replaced if necessary.
Vehicles run on gas, and they can emit large amounts of carbon monoxide into the air if they are kept in an enclosed area. Never leave a car or motorcycle running inside a garage or shed when the door is not open. Do not run a vehicle inside an enclosed space at any time. You will not be able to smell carbon monoxide, making it a dangerous element to be around at any time.
If you use a propane grill, it can become a deadly tool when not properly maintained. Make sure to always use any grilling apparatus in an outdoor area an ample distance from the siding of your home. Other outdoor appliance that use gas to operate include chainsaws, lawnmowers, and weed whackers. Do not start or run them within the confines of your home because of the risk of carbon monoxide exposure.
Know The Signs Of A Leak
If you do have a carbon monoxide leak, there are a few symptoms you or family members may be experiencing as a result. These include:
- Breathing Problems
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Memory Loss
- Vomiting Or Nausea
If you or others in your household have any of these symptoms, and they seem to cease when leaving the home only to return again upon re-entry inside the structure, it is best to seek medical attention. Make sure to have your home checked by a professional and have any leaks repaired before returning so you do not fall victim to symptoms again. Carbon monoxide is called the “silent killer” because it can kill quickly with little or no warning. The best course of action is to protect your home with reliable alarms.
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