Mid Winter Reminder: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning... The Silent Killer

Mid Winter Reminder: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning… The Silent Killer

Since we are in the depths of winter, we wanted to take a moment to remind everyone about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and give you all a reminder of what to look for to keep you safe this winter.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that is given off when gas appliances do not have the proper fuel to air mixture.

Since carbon monoxide is only slightly lighter than the regular air, it tends to hang around in closed up homes.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be gradual too. Accumulation of carbon monoxide in your body may present itself in the following ways:

  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be especially dangerous for people who are sleeping or intoxicated. The fumes may be fatal before anyone realizes there’s a problem.

Be safe this winter and invest in a low level carbon monoxide alarm. These specialized alarms are extremely sensitive to carbon monoxide (way more sensitive than the type you buy for $20-$40). The cheaper the alarm, the less likely it will catch prolonged low level accumulation of Carbon Monoxide. Contact us to learn more about these low level alarms and to see if it would be a good fit for your family and home.

Unfortunately, carbon monoxide can affect us all. Here is a very recent story of a family in Mooresville North Carolina that was saved because of their carbon monoxide alarm.