According to a 2012 report by the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments attend 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 often associated with wood stoves, car engines, and other fire combustion sources such as gas or oil furnaces.
Why is CO awareness so important?
Carbon monoxide can be deadly; it's that simple. CO is tops when ranking leading reasons 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 Medina homeowner. Severe poisoning takes place from intaking large concentrations of CO, but poisoning can also occur 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 Medina home?
- If you don’t have a CO detector in your home, get one right away. You can call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to purchase one today.
- Existing CO detectors should be checked regularly (at least every 90 days). It's also wise to replace the detector every 3-5 years.
- If you experience or have experienced any of the symptoms stated above, ask your doctor to test for carbon monoxide poisoning and get a second opinion if necessary.
- Schedule routine gas furnace maintenance once per year to ascertain no carbon monoxide leaks are present at the beginning of heating season.
- If your furnace is approaching the end of its useful life, consider a proactive home furnace replacement service and upgrade to a newer 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.