All About Carbon Monoxide Gas
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Know the Sources, Clues & Signs of Exposure!
monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can cause illness
and even death. This poisonous gas is absorbed through the lungs into the
bloodstream where it inhibits the blood’s capacity to transport oxygen
throughout the body. It may build up in parts of your home such as in your
kitchen, garage, basement or fireplace area. Improperly adjusted burners or
poorly ventilated flues for any fuel burning appliance will accumulate carbon
monoxide in the home.
monoxide detectors in your home.
Clues You Can See
or water streaking on vent/chimney
or missing furnace panel
or disconnected vent/chimney connections
or soot falling from chimney, fireplace or appliance
masonry on chimney
inside of windows
Clues You Cannot See
appliance damage or malfunctioning components
blockage or damage in chimneys
What You Can Do
sure appliances are installed according to manufacturer’s instructions and
local building codes. Most appliances should be installed by professionals.
the heating system (including chimneys and vents) inspected and serviced
manufacturer’s directions for safe operation.
vents and chimneys regularly for improper connections, visible rust or
problems that could indicate improper appliance operation:
hot water supply
unable to heat house or runs constantly
especially on appliances
or burning odor
What You Should Not Do
burn charcoal indoors or in a garage.
service appliances without proper knowledge, skills and tools.
use the gas range or oven for heating.
leave a car running in a garage.
operate un-vented gas-burning appliances in a closed room.
Symptoms of Exposure
of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
and the American Lung Association.