Every year over 20,000 people go to the hospital as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. The odorless, colorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s practically undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide, as confirmed by the CDC, is produced by fireplaces, boilers, furnaces, stoves, and gas ranges so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the colder months when people are trying to warm their homes. To help keep you safe, Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few tips to safety keep your home heated.
- Put in a CO detector on all floors of your home and change the batteries every year.
- Keep all potential sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, a distance over three feet away from furnaces, space heaters, fire places, or stoves.
- Before starting a fire in the fireplace, always check to verify the chimney damper is open and unblocked.
- Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces neglected. Turn off space heaters and make sure all embers in the fireplace are fully extinguished before leaving either heating source unattended.
- Space heaters should always be placed on the floor, and on a hard, fire-resistant surface, like porcelain tile. Keep young ones and furbabies away from space heaters.
- When purchasing a new space heater, buy a model that shuts off automatically if the heater tips over.
- Don’t use a cooking range to heat your home.
- Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and gas or oil furnaces professionally checked and cleaned annually.
The ideal thing you can do for your heating equipment is to make sure it’s not only ready to keep your family warm all winter but also safe, is to set-up your fall tune-up. During your fall tune-up, Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will check to ensure your heating equipment is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 856-310-4824 today and find out how you can save on a furnace tune-up through November 25th.