Home Security
January 31, 2019

Carbon Monoxide: A Threat to Homeowner Safety

The most looked over and dangerous threat to household safety is carbon monoxide (CO).

More than 50 people die every year from CO poisoning in Canada, according to the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.

In the winter, the number of people who are exposed to carbon monoxide increases. To prevent any incidences, JM Security Canada wants to educate our community about carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning so that we can prevent people from exposing themselves to the deadly gas.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon Monoxide – often called the “silent killer”- is an odourless, colourless, and tasteless gas that can cause serious illness or death when breathed in. The gas is toxic when inhaled because it inhibits the body’s ability to carry oxygen through the blood.

What are the Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

The symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, outline by Unity Home Group, are as follows:

  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

Carbon monoxide is considered a medical emergency!

If you are experiencing these symptoms call an ambulance right away!

How is Carbon Monoxide Produced?

Carbon monoxide gas is produced by the burning of fuel such as: gasoline, wood, coal, propane, oil, and natural gas.

CO is a danger to homeowners because a lot of fuel burning appliances are used in homes.

The diagram below shows the potential sources of carbon monoxide in a home.

The good news is there are lots of ways to ensure you are safe from being exposed to Carbon Monoxide poisoning in your home.

How Can I Stay Safe?

Education

If you are reading this blog you have taken a vital step to ensure your safety. Education is an extremely important way to protect yourself from CO. The more you know about the gas and what causes it, the better you will be able to protect yourself.

Installing a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Installing a RELIABLE carbon monoxide detector in your home is the best way to protect yourself from gas exposure. Like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors are installed inside your home and can detect the presence of CO gas.

Carbon Monoxide can only be detected with a Carbon Monoxide Detector!

Emission Controls

To prevent dangerous emissions from entering you home, don’t use gas powered machines in your garage or other enclosed spaces, USE THEM OUTDOORS.

Don’t keep gas powered machines running in your garage or any other room in your home under any circumstance!

Regular Inspection of Fuel Burning Appliances

It is a good idea to perform regular inspections of appliances for any defects or blockages, both of which can cause carbon monoxide gas to leak out.

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