Carbon Monoxide

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an estimated 1,000 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning and thousands end up in emergency rooms. Because CO is odorless and colorless, and symptoms can look like common illnesses, the effects may not be recognized until it is too late.

AirAdvice indoor air quality tips:

  • Have central air handling systems, including furnaces, flues, and chimneys, inspected and repaired annually. Even new furnaces are susceptible to damage and require regular maintenance.
  • Keep gas appliances, heaters, fireplaces, wood burning stoves, barbecues in good working order and ventilate them outside the home.
  • Make sure wood burning stove doors fit tightly. Open flues when fireplaces are in use.
  • Don’t idle cars inside an attached garage and prevent car exhaust from entering the home.
  • Install a CO detector on each floor of the home. Choose a model that can measure low levels of CO.