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Carbon Monoxide Safety Reminders

carbon monoxide poisoning west virginiaMost 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.

Carbon Monoxide Basics

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms

5 ways To Prevent CO Dangers In Your Home

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:

  1. Get your heating equipment serviced every year. An expert will spot issues before they pose risks to your family.
  2. Install a CO detector on every floor of your home. Replace batteries once a year and replace the detector itself every five years.
  3. Keep outdoor exhaust vents clear. Blocked vents can cause a dangerous buildup inside your home. Be sure to clear exhaust vents, flues, and other lines after all storms.
  4. Keep an eye on your pets. If your pet seems sick or unusually slow to awaken, take him or her outside, check your CO detectors, and open windows.
  5. Never start a vehicle indoors. Start your car with the garage door open, and never run it for more than a few minutes.

At Roach Energy, your comfort and safety are always our priority! See for yourself by becoming a Roach Energy customer today!