The killers in our favorite horror movies look hideous. They yield axes, walk slow, wear masks, make telephone calls, and sometimes even sport razorblade gloves. If we saw them in our home, we’d know to flee, and we’d sure know better than to run up the stairs. But what if there was a killer lurking in your Norfolk area home that you couldn’t see at all? What if the killer didn’t make a single sound? How would you know? How would you protect your family?
That silent, invisible, odorless killer exists. It’s carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a gas that when breathed in can result in sickness and sometimes even death. Each year thousands of people in the United States are hospitalized and over 400 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning. Because October is oftentimes the month in which Norfolk area residents first turn on their heat, the heating technicians at Energy Pro Heating would like to take this opportunity to share some tips on how you can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Tips on Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in your Norfolk Home
- Have all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a heating contractor from Energy Pro. This includes: fireplaces, space heaters, gas water heaters, gas dryers, wood stoves, gas ovens, and gas furnaces.
- Never use an un-vented space heater in a room that you or a family member is sleeping in.
- Never use a charcoal grill inside your home.
- Make sure your home has a working carbon monoxide detector.
- Never use a gas oven to heat your home for any amount of time.
- When you have a fuel-burning appliance installed or repaired always hire a professional heating technician so that you can rest assured knowing that the heating installation or repair was done properly and safely.
It is important to not only be vigilant in making efforts to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, but also to know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Because carbon monoxide gas is odorless and colorless it can be difficult to determine its presence. If you or a family member is experiencing dizziness, headaches, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, mental confusion, or vomiting, these are all signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. If you ever suspect that someone is experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, it is imperative to get that person outside into fresh air immediately and contact emergency medical service.
Don’t become a piece of the ugly carbon monoxide poisoning statistics! Carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable, and you could save a life! If you need help ensuring that you’ve taken all the necessary precautions at your Norfolk area home or business, contact the heating experts at Energy Pro Heating, and we’d be happy to assist.
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