Each year over 20,000 people end up in the ER due to carbon monoxide poisoning. This colorless, odorless gas is referred to as the silent killer because it’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide, as specified by the CDC, is given off by stoves, gas ranges, boilers, furnaces, and fireplaces so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning climbs during the colder months when people are trying to heat their homes. To help keep your family safe, Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few tips to safety heat your home.
- Put in a CO detector on each floor of your home and swap out the batteries annually.
- Keep all potential sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, a minimum of three feet away from fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, or space heaters.
- Before starting a fire in the fireplace, make sure you check to confirm the chimney damper is open and unblocked.
- Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces alone. Power off space heaters and be sure all embers in the fireplace are completely extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
- Space heaters should always be positioned on the floor, and on a hard, nonflammable surface, like concrete or tile. Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
- When buying a new space heater, buy a model that turns off automatically if the heater tumbles over.
- Don’t use a cooking range to increase the temperature in 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 equipment is to ensure it’s not only ready to keep your family warm all winter but also safe, is to schedule your fall tune-up. During your furnace tune-up, Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will check to ensure your heating system is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 405-432-2197 today and learn how you can save on a furnace tune-up through November 25th.