According to a 2012 report by the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments answer to an average of 72,000 carbon monoxide cases each year. Carbon Monoxide, or CO, is a colorless, odorless gas by-product of burnt fuel. It’s often associated with wood stoves, car engines, and other fire combustion sources including gas or oil furnaces.
Why is CO awareness so important?
Not to be overly dramatic, but understanding the causes and ways to prevent excessive CO exposure is a matter of life and death. CO is tops when ranking leading ways of accidental poisoning deaths in the US*, and conditions of CO poisoning have been known to be misdiagnosed as the flu, viral infections and continuous fatigue, among many others. This makes CO poisoning a very serious concern for any Atlanta homeowner. Acute poisoning takes place from inhaling large concentrations of CO, but poisoning may also happen gradually over many months or years. Some symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, flu-like symptoms, dizziness, and fatigue.
Steps you can take to reduce the CO risk in your Atlanta home?
- No home should be without a reliable, tested CO detector. You can phone Peachtree Service Experts to purchase one today.
- Existing CO detectors should be checked regularly (at least every 90 days). It's also recommended to replace the detector every 3-5 years.
- If you experience or have experienced a few of the symptoms mentioned above, ask your doctor to test for carbon monoxide poisoning and get a second opinion if necessary.
- Schedule routine gas furnace maintenance every fall to ascertain no carbon monoxide leaks are present at the start of heating season.
- If your furnace is approaching the end of its lifespan, think about a proactive home furnace replacement service and upgrade to a new high efficiency system.
*emedicinehealth.com. Prevention information for Carbon Monoxide poisoning may be inaccurate or incomplete; none of these methods guarantee the prevention of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.