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How Much Do You Know About CO In The Home?

Brush up on your carbon monoxide facts

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Chances are you have at least one appliance inside your Sullivan County home – a propane gas furnace or a heating oil fired boiler, for example – that’s powered by burning fuel.

Any appliance that relies on burning fuel produces some amount of carbon monoxide, or its chemical shorthand “CO.” In very small amounts, CO is relatively harmless. But as it builds, CO can become a real threat to your health and safety.

Carbon Monoxide Q&As

Here are six questions and answers about carbon monoxide safety to help keep your family safe in your home.

1. What is carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless gas produced by burning fuel, including heating oil, gasoline, coal, wood, charcoal, kerosene, propane, or natural gas. In high amounts, carbon monoxide can cause CO poisoning, which can lead to illness, unconsciousness, or, in extreme cases, death.

2. What causes CO buildup? – CO buildup usually occurs for two reasons: poor ventilation or damaged / improperly maintained heating equipment.

3. What are the symptoms of CO poisoning? Symptoms of CO poisoning vary depend on the amount of exposure to the gas.

  • In mild cases, symptoms include nausea, fatigue, headaches and dizziness
  • In moderate cases – symptoms include severe headaches, drowsiness, and disorientation
  • In extreme cases, symptoms include unconsciousness, convulsions, and, in rare cases, death.

4. What should I do if I experience CO poisoning symptoms?

  • Get fresh air immediately. Open windows and leave the house.
  • Call 911
  • Report your symptoms to your doctor
  • Service faulty fuel-burning appliances before using them again

5. What should you do if the CO alarm sounds?

  • Leave the house
  • Call 911
  • DO NOT reenter the premises until getting the OK from the fire department
  • Service faulty fuel-burning appliances before using them again

6. How can I avoid CO problems in my home?

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