With the cold weather upon us, it’s the perfect time of year to be mindful of the level of Carbon Monoxide (CO) in your home. Though a small amount of CO isn’t harmful, with the windows closed tight and more fuel-burning appliances being used, your chances of Carbon Monoxide poisoning can increase. So to ensure your home isn’t suddenly filled with large quantities of CO and that your family is as safe as can be, here are just some easy ways you can keep carbon monoxide under control.
Tip #1: Install Smart
If you’re looking to install some CO alarms, you’re halfway there! Now you just have to make sure they’re installed in the right spots to maximize safety and protection for your family. As a general rule, make sure there’s always an alarm outside each sleeping area and on every floor. Is your garage attached to your home? If so, be sure to add a smoke detector outside the door.
Tip #2: Keep It Connected
Make sure your alarms are set up so they’re connected to one another. That way, if one sounds, they all will. CO can travel fast, so it’s best to alert everyone at home at the first detection.
Tip #3: Choose Wisely
When selecting your CO alarm, make sure the brand you select has been tested by a recognized and reliable testing laboratory. The more reputable the brand, the safer your family will be.
Tip #4: Call The Fire Department
We don’t just mean if your alarms sound! You should also give their non-emergency line a call in advance to find out what measures you should be taking should your alarms sound in the future.
Tip #5: Test Regularly
We recommend testing your alarms at least once per month and following the manufacturer’s instructions for replacing. Remember, like most things, CO alarms won’t last forever!
Tip #6: Mind The Weather
Winter weather is on its way, which means snow storms are sure to follow. Keep an eye on your dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace vents to be sure they’re kept clear of snow. Clogging them up can prevent dangerous CO gases from escaping.
Is your home properly ventilated and equipped with fully functioning carbon monoxide detectors? If you answered no to either of those questions, give Tyler Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration LLC a call at 203-378-4700 today. We’ll evaluate your home’s indoor air quality and make sure your family is as safe as can be all year long!