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What You Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

What You Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous gases that can be present in your home. Known as the “silent killer,” this deadly element causes more than 20,000 Americans to visit the emergency room, according to the CDC.

In order to protect yourself from falling prey to the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, it's essential to educate yourself on the causes, symptoms, and ways to prevent a CO leak.

Where Carbon Monoxide Comes From?

Carbon monoxide can be found in fumes that come from burning fuel. The fumes can be produced by your oven, stove, grill, fireplace, furnace, or water heater — to name a few.

What Does CO Do?

The way carbon monoxide harms you is by restricting the proper amount of oxygen from getting to your body. CO attaches to the hemoglobin molecules that carry oxygen throughout the blood, so the more CO you breathe in, the more those molecules will be blocked from receiving oxygen, ultimately poisoning you.

What are the Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

The most common symptoms of CO poisoning include:

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • Weakness

Further symptoms are similar to that of the flu, so if you have even the slightest suspicion that you may be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, you should consult a doctor immediately.

How to Protect Yourself from CO Poisoning

Install a CO Detector

Since carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, the best way to detect its presence in your home is by having a functioning CO detector.

Ensure Proper Ventilation

When it comes to your gas-burning appliances, such as your oven and furnace, make sure there is proper ventilation so that fumes can exit safely.

Have Your Appliances Inspected

By having a professional HVAC technician inspect and repair your furnace and water heater, potential problems can be caught and repairs can be made to avoid any gas and CO leaks.

At Horizon Services, we work to keep your home systems in great shape so you and your family are kept safe from any potential harm. Contact us today to schedule a service!