Winter is here. And while you’ve probably fired up the furnace and stocked up on firewood already have you studied up on carbon monoxide safety?
A common output of malfunctioning or improperly used appliances, carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that’s nicknamed the “silent killer” because you can’t see it, smell it or taste it. Furnaces, stoves, ovens, water heaters and blocked chimney vents can all be potential sources of carbon monoxide, or CO.
So, how do you protect yourself and your family? Here are some important safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that can help keep you and your loved ones safe from carbon monoxide poisoning this winter.
Proper ventilation, a regular cleaning and a working early-CO-detection alarm are your biggest allies when it comes to helping prevent a carbon monoxide buildup this winter.
Story courtesy of ADT Security Services.
Originally published on January 31, 2013.