This is the time of year that people fire up their furnaces unfortunately resulting in more carbon monoxide poisonings, and it has already happened in Denver. Since CO is odorless, how can you ensure your furnace and other fuel-burning appliances are safe and your family can sleep soundly at night?
Here are a few simple preventative measures:
Install a CO detector. Most quality CO detectors are less than $50.00, a small price to pay for a product that could save your life. Proper placement is essential, if you have only one, place it near the sleeping areas so the alarm will wake you up.
The EPA suggests that you have ALL of your fuel-burning appliances inspected at the beginning of each heating season by a trained professional. Your furnace is the most common source of CO problems so have a professional inspect it every fall before turning it on. Also, choose appliances that vent their fumes to the outdoors whenever possible. And make sure that you read and follow the instruction manual on all fuel-burning devices.
If you develop headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, confusion, much like flu symptoms get fresh air immediately and open doors and windows, then seek immediate medical attention if necessary.