According to a 2012 report by the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments attend to an average of 72,000 carbon monoxide cases each year. Carbon Monoxide, or CO, is a colorless, odorless gas by-product of burnt fuel. It’s commonly linked to wood stoves, car engines, and other fire combustion sources along with gas or oil furnaces.
Why should you be constantly aware of CO?
The short answer is that CO awareness is a matter of life and death. CO is one of the leading ways of accidental poisoning deaths in the US*, and conditions of CO poisoning have been known to be misdiagnosed as the flu, viral infections and chronic fatigue, among many others. This makes CO poisoning a very serious concern for any Austin homeowner. Severe poisoning takes place from intaking large concentrations of CO, but poisoning can also occur over many months or years. Some symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, flu-like symptoms, dizziness, and fatigue.
Steps you can take to reduce the CO risk in your Austin home?
- Buy a CO detector for each room of your home. You can contact Strand Brothers Service Experts to purchase one today.
- Batteries should be checked on a consistent basis for existing CO detectors. It's also wise to replace the detector every 3-5 years.
- If you experience or have experienced some of the symptoms stated above, ask your doctor to test for carbon monoxide poisoning and get a second opinion if necessary.
- Schedule routine gas furnace maintenance each year to verify no carbon monoxide leaks are present at the onset of heating season.
- If your furnace is approaching the end of its working life, consider a proactive home furnace replacement service and upgrade to a brand new energy efficient furnace.
*emedicinehealth.com. Prevention information for Carbon Monoxide poisoning may be inaccurate or incomplete; none of these methods guarantee the prevention of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.