Each year over 20,000 people end up in the ER as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. This odorless and colorless gas is referred to as the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide, as specified by the CDC, is put off by stoves, gas ranges, boilers, furnaces, and fireplaces so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning climbs during the winter months when people are trying to warm their homes. To help keep you safe, San Antonio Air Service Experts is here with a few tips to safety heat your home.
- Place a CO detector on all floors of your home and change the batteries annually.
- Keep all potential sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, a minimum of three feet away from furnaces, space heaters, fire places, or stoves.
- Before lighting a fire in the fireplace, always check to ensure the chimney damper is open and unobstructed.
- Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces alone. Power off space heaters and be sure all embers in the fireplace are fully extinguished before leaving the area.
- Space heaters should always be placed on the floor, and on a hard, incombustible surface, like porcelain tile. Keep children and animals away from space heaters.
- When buying a new space heater, invest in a model that turns off automatically if the heater falls over.
- Don’t use a oven to increase the temperature in your home.
- Have fireplaces, chimneys, gas or oil furnaces, and coal and wood stoves professionally inspected and cleaned every year.
The ultimate thing you can do for your furnace is to make sure it’s not only all set to keep you warm all winter but also safe, is to call for your furnace tune-up. During your fall tune-up, San Antonio Air Service Experts will check to ensure your heating system is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 210-570-9705 today and learn how you can save on a fall tune-up through November 25th.