Carbon monoxide (CO) safety reminders

carbon monoxideMost people know how dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) can be. But, do you know what causes a build-up of the potentially deadly gas in your home – or what to do if someone living with you displays signs of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Here is a short carbon monoxide primer to help you with these important points and more. If you have more questions about CO safety in your oil-fired NJ home, feel free to contact us: your safety is always our #1 concern!

Carbon monoxide 101

Look out for signs of carbon monoxide poisoning

Signs of CO poisoning aren’t always obvious at first, but can worsen as exposure to the gas increases. In the early phases of exposure, flu-like symptoms are common. As exposure increases, severe headaches, drowsiness, and disorientation are possible. When exposed to high concentrations of CO, unconsciousness, cardiac arrest, and worse can be the result. For more on CO poisoning symptoms, please visit the Mayo Clinic website.

If you notice CO poisoning symptoms,

Five ways to avoid CO poisoning dangers in your NJ home

Here are the five best ways to prevent carbon monoxide dangers in your home:

  1. Maintain your heating equipment regularly. Routine heating system service from a qualified expert will help spot CO problems early or avoid them in the first place.
  2. Install CO detectors on every floor of your home. If you don’t have CO detectors in your NJ home, get them today (they’re required by law). Replace batteries once a year and replace the detector itself every five or ten years (depending on the model).
  3. Keep outdoor exhaust vents clear. Blocked exhaust vents can cause a dangerous buildup inside your home. Be sure to clear exhaust vents, flues, and other lines after all storms; use a broom rather than a shovel to avoid damaging your equipment.
  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 use outdoor equipment indoors. Barbecue grills, portable generators, and outdoor space heaters are not equipped for indoor use; they don’t have the hardware to safely event

At Hilltop Energy, your safety is always our #1 priority! If you have any questions about carbon monoxide safety in your oil heated NJ home, please contact us.