What you need to know... about Carbon Monoxide
You can't smell, see or taste carbon monoxide (CO), but you need to be informed about it. CO results when any fuel is burned. Under normal conditions, small amounts of CO are produced and vented outdoors. But when faulty combustion occurs, dangerous levels of CO can be produced. Over-exposure causes CO poisoning, which can lead to serious illness, even death. Follow these tips to keep you and your family safe.
Symptoms and first aid
Symptoms include headache, dizziness, nausea, coughing and an irregular heartbeat or flu like symptoms.
CO victims need fresh air immediately. Open windows and doors and call emergency response personnel, even if the victim seems to be recovering.
If you suspect your furnace is malfunctioning, call us. Prevention is the key. Should you be alarmed? No. When properly installed and maintained, natural gas furnaces and hot water heaters do not pollute your home. Your best defense against CO is knowledge about the danger.
Chappel’s sells an excellent low level CO detector manufactured by CO Experts. This advanced device let’s you know when there’s as little as 10 ppm in your air. You’ll know of a problem long before your home’s air reaches deadly levels.
Ask your service tech or installer while he is visiting your home.