Every year over 20,000 people go to the ER due to carbon monoxide poisoning. This odorless and colorless gas is called the silent killer because it’s essentially undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide, according to the CDC, is put off by gas ranges, furnaces, fireplaces, stoves, and boilers so it only makes sense that carbon monoxide poisoning rises during the winter months when people are trying to keep their homes heated. To help keep your home safe, Stark Services is here with a few tips to safety keep your home heated.
- Put in a CO detector on each floor of your home and replace the batteries yearly.
- Keep all possible sources of combustion, such as paper, clothing, bedding, or rugs, at least three feet away from furnaces, space heaters, fire places, or stoves.
- Before starting a fire in the fireplace, always check to ensure the chimney damper is open and unblocked.
- Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces neglected. Shut off space heaters and ensure all embers in the fireplace are completely extinguished before leaving either heating source unattended.
- Space heaters should always be situated on the floor, and on a hard, fire-resistant surface, like concrete or tile. Keep kids and animals away from space heaters.
- When buying a new space heater, buy a model that powers off automatically if the heater tumbles over.
- Never use a oven to heat your home.
- Have fireplaces, chimneys, gas or oil furnaces, and coal and wood stoves professionally checked and cleaned yearly.
The best thing you can do for your furnace is to ensure it’s not only ready to keep you warm all winter but also safe, is to set-up your fall tune-up. During your fall tune-up, Stark Services will check to make sure your heating equipment is operating safely with a full multi-point inspection and cleaning. Call 817-668-6689 today and ask how you can save on a heating tune-up through November 25th.