The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas produced when fuel is burned. It is often called the "silent killer" because it is impossible to detect without a carbon monoxide detector. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning each year, and thousands are hospitalized.

Sources of Carbon Monoxide

Certain appliances or devices that use fossil fuels are households' main sources of carbon monoxide. These include gas-powered furnaces, stoves, water heaters, and space heaters. Other potential sources of CO in homes include vehicles left running in garages attached to houses, grills, and generators.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

CO poisoning symptoms mimic those of the flu. They include headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, confusion, and loss of consciousness. One of the tell-tale signs of CO poisoning is feeling better when you leave the house and getting sick again when you return.

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The first step in preventing carbon monoxide poisoning is to ensure that all fossil fuel appliances are correctly installed and maintained. Second, a carbon monoxide detector should be installed in every bedroom and common living area of your home. Carbon monoxide detectors can provide an early warning of dangerous levels of CO in the air. Keeping garages free from exhaust fumes by never idling your car in a closed garage is also essential. Additionally, never use grills or generators indoors or in enclosed spaces.

Treating Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

If you suspect you or a loved one has been exposed to carbon monoxide, seek medical attention immediately. The treatment for CO poisoning involves reducing exposure to the gas and providing oxygen to increase the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream. Mild cases can be treated with oxygen, but severe cases may require hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

High-Quality Caldwell HVAC Services

At Carter Comfort Systems, we prioritize your safety and well-being. Our team of certified professionals specializes in detecting and addressing carbon monoxide issues in HVAC systems. Contact us today at (208) 739-4181 to schedule a thorough inspection and ensure your home is free from the dangers of carbon monoxide.