How to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the Home

Carbon monoxide (CO) does not have any colour, taste, or smell. It can kill you before you even know it. These all make this gas a very big threat to your whole household considering that there are so many things in your house that may emit this fatal gas. So here are some simple steps to safeguard your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.

1. Identify the appliances, equipment, or tools you have at home that can emit carbon monoxide. Anything that uses gas, or gives out heat or smoke can emit this fatal gas; things like ovens, fireplaces, stoves, gas heaters, and cars.

2. Never use diesel- or petrol-powered engines or tools inside poorly ventilated areas, inside your home, or in partially covered spaces.

3. Install quality and reliable ventilation system in your house to remove CO in case of a leak. See to it that it properly functions at all times.

4. Have your home appliances, equipment, and tools, including your vehicle checked for leaks at least once a year. Consider carbon monoxide testing.

5. As much as possible, buy home tools, equipment, and appliances that are operate using electricity or batteries rather than petrol or diesel.

6. Label home appliance, equipment, and tool with carbon monoxide hazard warning. See to it that your labels are easily noticed, read, and understood.

7. Orient your family members regarding the hazards of carbon monoxide, and provide them a simple training on first aid and safety measures. Additionally, as a family, study the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning.

8. Install at least one unit of CO detector in your home, particularly in your kitchen where most home appliances that can emit CO are in. But, if you want to ensure absolute safety for your family, install one CO detector in all rooms of your home. This may cost you a lot, but you really can’t bargain with danger and even death, especially when specking about a “silent killer.”

9. Make sure everyone in your house, including helpers, knows how to properly use anything in your home that may emit CO.

10. Be sure your chimney is cleaned and cleared regularly to avoid CO build-up.

11. Do not let your car engine running in your garage since fumes can easily build up. The fumes can quickly seep through tiny spaces of your door and windows and into your house.

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