Each year over 20,000 people end up in the hospital because of carbon monoxide poisoning. The odorless, colorless gas is called the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is produced by stoves, gas ranges, boilers, furnaces, and fireplaces so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the colder months when people are trying to keep their homes heated. To help keep your family safe, Midway Services is here with a couple tips to safety keep your home heated.
- Place a CO detector on all floors of your home and replace the batteries yearly.
- Keep all likely sources of combustion, such as bedding, paper, or clothing, a minimum of three feet away from space heaters, stoves, furnaces or fireplaces.
- Before lighting a fire in the fireplace, be sure to check to confirm the chimney damper is open and unblocked.
- Do not leave portable heaters or fireplaces alone. Turn off space heaters and make sure all embers in the fireplace are completely extinguished before leaving the area.
- Space heaters should always be situated on the floor, and on a hard, incombustible surface, like concrete or tile. Keep children and animals away from space heaters.
- When investing in a new space heater, purchase a model that shuts off automatically if the heater tumbles over.
- Do not use a oven to increase the temperature in your home.
- Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and gas or oil furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned annually.
The ultimate thing you can do for your furnace is to be sure it’s not only up to the task of keeping your family warm all winter but also safe, is to call for your fall tune-up. During your fall tune-up, Midway Services will check to ensure your furnace is operating safely with a total multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 727-219-2471 today and ask how you can save on a furnace tune-up through November 25th.