Carbon Monoxide Risk and Prevention
Every year, about 20,000 to 30,000 people are rushed to the hospital due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
How carbon monoxide affects your health depends on how long the exposure lasts and the amount of carbon monoxide inhaled. The longer the person has been exposed to carbon monoxide, the more serious the symptoms can become. In some cases, it can even be fatal.
Watch out for symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
The warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning can be subtle. Most people experience light-headedness, nausea, headache or flu-like symptoms. Because of this, a lot of people tend to confuse these symptoms with the flu or other medical conditions.
If you suffer from these symptoms whenever you’re at home but they go away when you leave the house, this may be an indication of carbon monoxide poisoning. With prolonged exposure, symptoms can get worse. It may even lead to death if a large amount of carbon monoxide is inhaled. Don’t ignore the symptoms.
Install a carbon monoxide detector
The importance of having a carbon monoxide detector is often underestimated, but it is recommended that you install one in your home to protect your family against this toxic gas. This device detects the presence of carbon monoxide before it reaches dangerous levels. Without one, there’s no way to tell that it’s building up.
If you have a big house, we recommend that you install multiple detectors. Install them near the bedrooms, as well as communal areas such as the living room. Although, carbon monoxide detectors emit a sound that can be heard within 10 feet, you want to make sure that everyone hears it when the alarm goes off, especially in the wee hours of the night. Don’t ignore the alarm. Leave the house immediately and call a qualified technician to determine the cause of the problem.
Carbon monoxide detector monitors your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Make it a habit to replace the batteries every year and test the alarm every month.
If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector in Erie Colorado yet, now is a good time to invest on one. Please contact Carbon Valley Heating and Air. We have experts who can install a reliable carbon monoxide detector in your home.