How Do You Test for Carbon Monoxide?

There are many vapors that could be in your Clearwater residence. Natural gas and gases that come from residential fixtures, carpet and paints. None of these gases are as threatening as carbon monoxide.

Reach Midway Services at 727-219-2471 right away to get started shielding your family against this harmful gas.

Why is Carbon Monoxide so Toxic?

Carbon monoxide could be a big deal, so it’s not a situation to mess around with.

1. You Can’t Smell It

Carbon monoxide is so unsafe because you can’t see it, smell it with your nose or detect it with your taste buds. It doesn’t cause irritation in low amounts and can’t be filtrated.

2. It Can Be Deadly After Only Minutes

Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of used fuel. It can leak into your house during the winter if the heat exchanger on your gas furnace breaks. While it depends on how considerable the leak is and the ventilation in a home, it may become lethal in within minutes.

Once breathed in, it has a half-life of about five hours. If you are taking in clean air, it requires five hours to get it out of your system. You will need another five hours to cut that amount by half.

3. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Can Act Like Other Illnesses

Carbon monoxide may also mirror symptoms that can be mistaken as the flu, viral infections and chronic fatigue syndrome, among other things.

How to Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide

There’s no reason to risk carbon monoxide poisoning.

Here are three precautions you can do to keep your residence safe:

  1. Your home with at least one natural gas furnace, attached garage or fireplace needs to have a carbon monoxide system. You need to have a sensor on all levels of your residence, including the basement and garage. You also should install one inside or outside of each bedroom. Aren’t using a carbon monoxide alarm in your residence?
    Call Midway Services at 727-219-2471 to purchase one. Ask our techs about our economical Wi-Fi carbon monoxide detectors.
  2. If you currently use a carbon monoxide alarm, frequently check or swap out the batteries. You should look at batteries every 90 days, and get a new alarm every three to five years.
  3. If your carbon monoxide alarm goes off, get out of your residence immediately and call 911.

Keep Your Family Safe with Help from Midway Services

Carbon monoxide doesn’t have to be frightening, and with the recommended actions your loved ones can be guarded from the dangerous gas. Take the precautions and call Midway Services at 727-219-2471 to learn more.