Fatal Carbon Monoxide Leaks
What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide leak is a deadly gas generated in air tight homes without your acknowledgement. It is difficult to detect carbon monoxide leak as it is odourless, colourless, and tasteless. Appliances such as space heaters, gas stoves, furnaces, heaters, and refrigerators can all emit CO if poorly ventilated. A gas leak can also be a major cause of carbon monoxide emission. Even though carbon monoxide detectors are standard in most home nowadays, it is still important to recognise any signs and symptoms of CO leaks in case your detector has problems. The following will provide you a guide to what you need to know.
CO Gas Leak
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas, often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because it is colourless and odourless. If it goes undetected, it can cause serious illness or death.
Common Sources of Carbon Monoxide Leak
Poorly maintained fuel-burning appliances
Damaged or blocked venting
A blocked chimney
A car running in an attached garage
Carbon Monoxide Leak Precaution
Install a carbon monoxide leak detector (Alarm) and regularly test your CO alarms.
Inside Your Home
Never use outdoor fuel-burning equipment inside your home or garage as a temporary heat source during a power outage. This includes generators, patio heaters and barbecues.
You are required to install a carbon monoxide alarm near all bedrooms if your home has:
A fuel-burning appliance
An attached garage
For added Safety, install a Carbon Monoxide leak detector (CO Alarm) on each level of your home. These alert you to the presence of CO, giving you and your family time to escape.
Who do I call to check my house for carbon monoxide?
If your CO alarm sounds, or anyone in your house has symptoms of CO poisoning (similar to the flue without the fever),