Annually, over 20,000 people go to the emergency room due to carbon monoxide poisoning. This colorless, odorless gas is known as the silent killer because it’s practically 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 warm their homes. To help keep your family safe, R & M Climate Control Service Experts is here with some tips to safety heat your home.
- Install a CO detector on each floor of your home and swap out the batteries annually.
- Keep all likely sources of combustion, such as clothing, rugs, or bedding, a minimum of three feet away from fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, or space heaters.
- Before igniting a fire in the fireplace, make sure you check to ensure the chimney damper is open and unblocked.
- Don’t leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended. Turn off space heaters and ensure all embers in the fireplace are fully extinguished before leaving the area.
- Space heaters should always be situated on the floor, and on a hard, fire-resistant surface, like concrete or tile. Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
- When buying a new space heater, buy a model that powers off automatically if the heater tips over.
- Don’t use a stove to increase the temperature in your home.
- Have all stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, and all types of furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned yearly.
The ultimate thing you can do for your furnace is to be sure it’s not only all set to keep your home warm all winter but also safe, is to call for your furnace tune-up. During your furnace tune-up, R & M Climate Control Service Experts will check to ensure your heating system is operating safely with a full multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 865-229-6176 today and find out how you can save on a furnace tune-up through November 25th.