Most of us are spending more time indoors than usual this year, relying on our home heating systems to keep us safe and protected in our West Virginia or western Maryland homes.
But we shouldn’t take that safety for granted: when we spend all those hours indoors using fuel-burning appliances like our space heater, cooking stove, furnace, or propane water heater, we also expose ourselves more frequently to risks from carbon monoxide poisoning.
More than 20,000 people visit emergency rooms with symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning each year – and nearly 40 percent of those visits come during the heating season.
The good news is the dangers of CO poisoning are pretty easily avoidable with proper care. To stay safe, you’ll need to know some CO basics: how to spot the signs of poisoning, how to deal with its symptoms, and how to prevent CO buildup from occurring in the first place.
Exposure to carbon monoxide can be especially dangerous for young children, in whom the spread of CO poisoning is more rapid.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable with some sensible preparation and awareness. Here are five of the best ways to prevent CO dangers in your home:
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