Winter is almost here, furnaces are being turned on, make sure check that your Carbon Monoxide detectors are working.
Sioux Falls, SD – November 2019 – With winter just around the corner, temperatures are dropping, and furnaces are turning on which makes for higher risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Macurco wants to remind you to make sure your CO monitor is working correctly and to encourage those who do not have a CO monitor installed to think twice.
“With no way of knowing the presence of Carbon Monoxide, the only true defense is the installation of a Carbon Monoxide monitor. Your home is meant to be a safe haven for the things you care about the most in life. Don’t let the silent killer be the cause of an unwanted accident.” said Branden Dewing, Hazardous Solutions Specialist.
CO (Carbon Monoxide) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless toxic gas formed by the incomplete combustion of carbon compounds like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, kerosene, oil, and other heating gases. There are multiple places in the home where Carbon Monoxide can build. (See Diagram below)
Carbon Monoxide is often referred to as the “silent killer” because you cannot see it or smell so it can sneak up on you, therefore a monitor being instrumental in the detection of CO. Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning include headaches, dizziness, vomiting which can often be mistaken for other flu-like illnesses. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas responsible for hundreds of deaths and numerous non-fatal poisonings each year in the United States. The majority (66%) of these deaths occurred in the home. CO poisoning is also the leading cause of unintentional poisoning deaths in the United States.
Protect yourself and your loved ones and be sure to double-check your Carbon Monoxide monitors. If you have a Macurco CM-E1 Carbon Monoxide monitor installed, the unit is effective up to 10 years and will have an end of life notification when needed replacing at which time an amber light will flash on the monitor. To ensure your CM-E1 Carbon Monoxide monitor is working correctly, Macurco provides a field test gas (CME1-FTG) for testing purposes.