Going into the heating season, having the proper safety precautions to avoid carbon monoxide exposure is essential. Our team at Logan Services wanted to share tips about carbon monoxide safety. Carbon monoxide, commonly called CO, is an extremely dangerous gas that is a by-product of fuel-burning appliances. It is colorless and odorless, and at high levels, it can kill a person within minutes.
Today we met with one of our experts, Jeff, and asked him to tell us more about ways to keep your home safe from this deadly gas.
One of the major concerns in places like Dayton is that after the tornados and storm damage people are relying on portable generators for power. If you are using a portable generator, it needs to be set well away from your home, garage, or any window that may be open. Otherwise, back-drafting of gases into your home could occur. This is highly dangerous and a high carbon monoxide concern.
As with portable generators, grills are a problem in storm-damaged areas. With many people out of power, grills are being used for cooking. Like with the portable generator, you should keep your grill out in a well-ventilated area. It should not be near a window or in your garage. It can be a serious issue if you have your grill too close to your home when you are trying to cook.
Many times your vents could be damaged during a severe storm. They could be crooked or knocked loose, or pieces could be missing. After a storm, it is important to inspect your venting. You should look at your furnace and water heater. If something doesn’t look right, make sure to call a professional to take a look at it for you.
Proper placement and operation of your CO detectors are always something that should be remembered this time of year. They are inexpensive and can save lives. Recently, our team member Jeff lost a friend to carbon monoxide poisoning because they did not have a CO detector. This is extremely devastating, and something that could be prevented with a CO detector.
Let our team know if we can help ensure the safety of your furnace during the heating season! Contact us for your seasonal maintenance appointment and get on our tune-up schedule.