National Healthy Homes month is a month in which homeowners should check to make sure common home health hazards are addressed.
Carbon Monoxide, also known as “the silent killer” is a poisonous gas that cannot be seen, smelled or tasted and is fatal when high enough levels are inhaled. Symptoms of poisoning are similar to the flu or allergy symptoms but can also be misdiagnosed as migraine, stroke, food poisoning or heart disease.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable. The following tips and pointers can help keep your family safe:
- Never run your car in a closed garage.
- Make sure fuel burning appliances are installed by a professional and that they are working properly.
- Never use a gas range or oven to heat your home.
- Have your heating system and chimneys inspected each year.
- Replace dirty air filters on heating and cooling systems.
- Never run a generator, power washer, or any diesel or gasoline-powered engine inside a basement, garage or other enclosed structure.
- Keep your home well ventilated – Install ventilation for indoor combustion appliances and consider installing air exchanges or air conditioning if your home is tightly sealed.
- Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, or camping lantern or portable stove inside your home, tent or camper.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors near bedrooms.
- Call your local building or code enforcement agency if you have concerns about the combustion appliances in your home.