Annually, over 20,000 people visit the ER because of carbon monoxide poisoning. The odorless, colorless gas is referred to as the silent killer because it’s practically 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 colder months when people are trying to warm their homes. To help keep you safe, Rob's Albertan Service Experts is here with some tips to safety keep your home heated.
- Put in a CO detector on each floor of your home and change the batteries annually.
- Keep all likely sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, furnaces or fireplaces.
- Before igniting a fire in the fireplace, be sure to check to confirm the chimney damper is open and unobstructed.
- Don’t leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended. Shut off space heaters and ensure all embers in the fireplace are totally extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
- Space heaters should always be positioned on the floor, and on a hard, fire-resistant surface, like ceramic tile. Keep young ones and pets away from space heaters.
- When purchasing a new space heater, purchase a model that powers off automatically if the heater falls over.
- Never use a oven to increase the temperature in your home.
- Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and gas or oil furnaces professionally examined and cleaned annually.
The best thing you can do for your heating system is to make sure it’s not only ready to keep you warm all winter but also safe, is to set-up your heating tune-up. During your heating tune-up, Rob's Albertan Service Experts will check to make sure your heating system is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 780-800-9047 today and learn how you can save on a fall tune-up through November 25th.