Annually, over 20,000 people go to the ER due to carbon monoxide poisoning. This colorless, odorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide, as confirmed by the CDC, is put off by gas ranges, furnaces, fireplaces, stoves, and boilers so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning rises during the winter months when people are trying to keep their homes heated. To help keep your home safe, Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with some tips to safety heat your home.
- Place a CO detector on each floor of your home and swap out the batteries every year.
- Keep all likely sources of combustion, such as clothing, rugs, or bedding, at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, furnaces or fireplaces.
- Before lighting a fire in the fireplace, be sure to check to verify the chimney damper is open and unblocked.
- Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unwatched. Shut off space heaters and confirm all embers in the fireplace are totally extinguished before leaving the area.
- Space heaters should always be positioned on the floor, and on a hard, fire-resistant surface, like porcelain tile. Keep kids and pets away from space heaters.
- When buying a new space heater, buy a model that turns off automatically if the heater tips over.
- Do not use a cooking range to heat your home.
- Have all stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, and all types of furnaces professionally examined and cleaned annually.
The ultimate thing you can do for your heating system is to be sure it’s not only all set to keep you warm all winter but also safe, is to schedule your fall tune-up. During your fall tune-up, Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will check to make sure your heating system is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 301-476-4577 today and learn how you can save on a furnace tune-up through November 25th.