Steer Clear of Carbon Monoxide Dangers
Steer clear of Carbon Monoxide dangers with these recommendations from the Chimney Safety Institiute of America. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is incredibly dangerous and can even be fatal. Keep your home safe!
Steer Clear Carbon of Monoxide Dangers
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission more than 200 people in the US die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by problems in the venting – out of their homes – of toxic gases produced by their heating systems. Other agencies estimate numbers much, much higher.
On top of that, nearly 10,000 cases of carbon monoxide-related “health problems” are detected each year. Because the symptoms of prolonged, low-level carbon monoxide poisoning “mimic” the symptoms of common winter ailments (headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and even seasonal depression), many cases are not detected until permanent, subtle damage to the brain, organs and tissues has occurred. The difficulty of diagnosis also means the numbers of people affected may be higher.
Luckily, regular chimney system maintenance and inspection can help prevent poisoning incidents.
How Carbon Monoxide Affects You
Excessive carbon monoxide in your blood will kill you. Be aware though that low-level exposure to this gas puts your health imperil.
If your body is given a choice between carbon monoxide and oxygen, the protein hemoglobin in our blood will always latch on to carbon monoxide and ignore the life-giving oxygen. Yikes! Human bodies – in effect – replace oxygen with carbon monoxide in the bloodstream, causing greater or lesser levels of cell suffocation depending on the amount and extent of exposure.
Low level exposure side effects include permanent organ and brain damage. The elderly and infants are more susceptible than healthy adults, as are individuals with heart disease or anemia.
The symptoms of low-level carbon monoxide poisoning can be easily mistaken for the flu, exhaustion or even the common cold, this leads to the delay of the correct diagnosis. Owing to this, be sure to see your doctor about unrelenting, flu-like symptoms, chronic fatigue or generalized depression. Treatment is incredibly important, if blood levels of carbon monoxide are found to be high.
Be smart and put heating system inspection and maintenance on your annual get-ready-for winter list. Prevention is the best cure.
What Causes Heating System Problems:
Carbon monoxide poisoning is on the rise.
To prevent toxes gases from filtering into the house, these and other ongoing problems require detection and correction. Some examples of this include; damaged or deteriorating flue liners, soot build-up, debris clogging the passageway, and animal nests blocking chimney flues.
Anderson’s Masonry Hearth and Home and many agencies recommend regular maintenance of home heating systems and chimneys to help keep “the silent killer” at bay.
A well-maintained furnace or boiler – coupled to a flue or venting system or that is properly-sized, structurally sound, clean and free of obstructions – will operate efficiently and create a warm home. An ignored heating system can lead to death.
Be smart friends. Have your chimneys checked by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® and swept or repaired annually. This can keep illness or death from carbon monoxide poisoning from harming you or your family.
Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Hazards. (n.d.). Retrieved January 02, 2017, from http://www.csia.org/carbonmonoxide.html