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Protect Your Home: 12 Essential Tips to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


Protect Your Home: 12 Essential Tips to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

A white carbon monoxide alarm placed on the side of a bed.

Carbon monoxide (CO) poses a silent threat to households, being both odourless and invisible. This lethal gas is produced by the incomplete combustion of fuels in everyday appliances like stoves, fireplaces, and generators. Safeguarding against CO poisoning necessitates regular maintenance of fuel-burning devices and the installation of CO alarms. Here, we present a comprehensive guide to fortify your home against this deadly hazard.

How to Safeguard Your Home from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

  1. Routine Maintenance: Schedule annual inspections by certified professionals for all fuel-burning appliances, including water heaters, furnaces, and wood stoves.

  2. Strategic Placement of CO Detectors: Install CO detectors outside sleeping areas on every floor, interconnecting them for comprehensive coverage. Replace batteries biannually and the alarms every five years, while testing them monthly to ensure functionality.

  3. Verify Gas Equipment: When purchasing gas appliances, ensure they bear the seal of a reputable testing agency such as Underwriter’s Laboratories of Canada.

  4. Prohibit Indoor Use of Gas Appliances: Never utilize gas ovens, camp stoves, or charcoal grills indoors, as they can lead to dangerous CO accumulation.

  5. Avoid Portable Heaters: Avoid using portable flameless chemical heaters indoors, as they still emit CO despite lacking a visible flame.

  6. Ensure Proper Ventilation: Correctly vent gas appliances, ensuring that horizontal vent pipes incline upward to prevent CO leakage.

  7. Avoid Improper Patching: Do not patch vent pipes with materials like tape or gum, as this can lead to CO buildup.

  8. Chimney Maintenance: Schedule annual chimney inspections by professional sweeps to remove soot, debris, and corrosion that could obstruct airflow and lead to CO buildup.

  9. Monitor Fireplace Usage: Keep fireplace flues open when in use, closing them only once the fire is fully extinguished.

  10. Generator Safety: Exercise caution when using gas-powered generators, keeping them outdoors and away from windows, vents, and doors to prevent CO infiltration.

  11. Vehicle Safety: Never idle vehicles in attached garages; inspect exhaust systems annually to prevent CO emissions.

  12. Snow Clearance: Keep vents for stoves, fireplaces, dryers, and furnaces clear of snow during and after snowstorms to prevent CO blockage.

What to Do When an Alarm Sounds:

Should a CO alarm activate without symptoms, ventilate the area by opening windows and promptly turn off fuel-burning appliances. Seek immediate assistance from a certified technician to rectify the issue. If symptoms of CO poisoning are present, evacuate the premises and seek medical attention without delay.

Safeguard Your Home Today!

Don't leave your family's safety to chance. Implement these preventative measures today to protect your loved ones from the silent threat of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Prioritize safety—select SLC Environmental Inc. for thorough and expert services. Contact us today to schedule an assessment for your property.