Carbon monoxide (CO) is called the “Invisible Killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that can cause sudden illness and death. Each year, more than 150 people perish from accidential, non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and thousands more end up seeking medical assistance at hospital emergency rooms. Winter is the most dangerous time of year for CO poisoning, with heavy use of furnaces and other fuel-burning appliances that can emit the deadly gas. We at American Comfort’s One Hour Heating & AC encourage you to follow these important safety tips to protect you and your family – including pets – from carbon monixide poisoning:
If your carbon monoxide detector sounds off, turn off any fuel-burning appliances immediately, open doors and windows, and leave your house. Seek emergency medical assistance if anyone in your family experiences symptoms listed below, and call a qualified HVAC company to diagnose and fix the problem.
Because carbon monoxide is oderless, colorless and otherwide undetectable to our senses, people may not be aware when they are being exposed. Initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu, without the fever. They include:
Higher levels of poisoning results in symptoms that get progressively, including:
If you have any questions related to carbon monoxide poisoning and detection, would like assistance with installation of detectors, or need your heating system inspected and serviced, don’t hesitate to call our team at American Comfort’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, Elk Grove Village IL. We are the top rated residential HVAC company in the Chicago region, offering convenient HVAC service appointments seven days a week, and emergency repair service 24/7, every day of the year. Call 847 296-3444. For commercial HVAC service, visit our colleagues at American Comfort Heating and AC.