What is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

According to the CDC, carbon monoxide poisoning causes 20,000 visits to the emergency room per year. Four thousand of those result in hospitalization and about 400 cases result in death. How do so many people get exposed to this undetectable gas? What can you do to protect yourself? Here are the information and tips you need to keep yourself safe. The good news is that they aren’t that hard to do, and you can always get help.

CO Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that is a natural by-product of combustion. Any device or system that burns can put out CO. The poisoning happens when a person (or animal) inhales the CO. It replaces the oxygen they usually need in their bloodstream, and they experience symptoms like the flu: weakness, dizziness, headaches, confusion, chest aches, vomiting, etc. Without essential oxygen to nourish their body and brain, they eventually die.

Where It Comes From

Furnaces, generators, fireplaces and chimneys, and many other sources of combustion can expose you to CO. The key here is to keep units in good working order. Not only will this keep you safe from CO poisoning, but you’ll save money in the long run as your systems run at peak efficiency. Install CO detectors in the home. Be aware of what units you use: water heaters, stoves, small engines, lanterns, portable heaters, and grills can be a problem as well. Using heating systems in safe ways will prevent accidents. Having them inspected routinely will make sure you’ve got back up.

Earning Your Seal Of Approval In Texas

Here at Barker’s Heating and Cooling, we provide the professional support you need to keep your home a safe haven for you and your loved ones. We recommend yearly inspections of the furnace and other heat systems to make sure everything is working the way it should. This also prevents those troublesome breakdowns that usually happen at the worst possible times. We’re always working hard to provide heating and cooling services of all types to our Brazos Valley and College Station neighbors. We are available 24/7 and we consider customer safety and satisfaction as an essential part of the job. Contact us today to see how we can help you.