Every year over 20,000 people visit the hospital as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. This colorless, odorless gas is called the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide, as specified by the CDC, is put off by stoves, gas ranges, boilers, furnaces, and fireplaces so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning climbs during the winter months when people are trying to heat their homes. To help keep your family safe, Air Engineers Service Experts is here with a few tips to safety keep your home heated.
- Place a CO detector on all floors of your home and change the batteries annually.
- Keep all possible sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, a minimum of three feet away from fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, or space heaters.
- Before igniting a fire in the fireplace, make sure you check to ensure the chimney damper is open and unclogged.
- Do not leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended. Power off space heaters and confirm all embers in the fireplace are totally extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
- Space heaters should always be situated on the floor, and on a hard, nonflammable surface, like ceramic tile. Keep young ones and furbabies away from space heaters.
- When buying a new space heater, purchase a model that powers off automatically if the heater tumbles over.
- Never use a stove to increase the temperature in your home.
- Have all stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, and all types of furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned every year.
The ideal thing you can do for your heating system is to be sure it’s not only all set to keep you warm all winter but also safe, is to set-up your furnace tune-up. During your furnace tune-up, Air Engineers Service Experts will check to be sure your furnace is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 904-450-5672 today and ask how you can save on a heating tune-up through November 25th.