How to Stop Carbon Monoxide in Your Fort Lauderdale Home

February 11, 2015

According to a 2012 report by the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments respond to an average of 72,000 carbon monoxide calls each year. Carbon Monoxide, or CO, is a colorless, odorless gas by-product of burnt fuel. It’s usually linked to wood stoves, car engines, and other fire combustion sources including gas or oil furnaces.

Why is CO awareness so important?

The short answer is that CO awareness is a matter of life and death. CO is tops when ranking leading reasons of accidental poisoning deaths in the US*, and conditions of CO poisoning is often confused as the flu, viral infections and prolonged fatigue, among many others. This makes CO poisoning an often hidden enemy that can be fatal over several years, or within just a few short hours. Serious poisoning takes place from breathing large concentrations of CO, but poisoning has also been reported to occur over many months or years. Some indicators may include nausea, vomiting, flu-like symptoms, dizziness, and fatigue.

Steps you can take to reduce the CO risk in your Fort Lauderdale home?

  1. No home should be without a reliable, tested CO detector. You can call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to purchase one today.
  2. If you do have a CO detector that is battery-powered, check or replace the batteries regularly; at least every 90 days. It's also a good idea to replace the detector every 3-5 years.
  3. If you experience or have experienced some of the symptoms cited above, ask your doctor to test for carbon monoxide poisoning and get a second opinion if necessary.
  4. Schedule routine gas furnace maintenance every fall to guarantee no CO leaks are present at the onset of heating season. 
  5. If your furnace is approaching the end of its useful life, consider a proactive home furnace replacement service and upgrade to a brand new heating unit. 

*emedicinehealth.com. Prevention information for Carbon Monoxide poisoning may be inaccurate or incomplete; none of these methods guarantee the prevention of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

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