Preventing Carbon Monoxide in a Property
By Sandy Flores
Special to Excelsior
It is very common that when we go looking for the purchase, sale, or rental of a house it does not consider the existence of carbon monoxide.
What is it and why is it important to know and consider your presence?
Carbon monoxide is a gas that you can not see or smell, but so lethal that can be fatal when breathed at high levels. This gas is produced when fuels like gas, petrol, kerosene, coal, oil or wood are burned. Fireplaces, water heaters, furnaces, fuel-burning appliances such as stoves and stove burners or kerosene heaters may also produce carbon monoxide if they are not working well. The cars stopped with the engine running this gas fired also. If this gas is breathed at high levels can cause death by poisoning in minutes.
Here are some recommendations to take into consideration and will help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
At the beginning of winter inspected by a qualified technician your appliances that use fuel. All ducts should be well connected, in good condition and must not be locked.
Choose appliances that remove the combustion to the outside of your house. The devices must be correctly installed and maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Following the manufacturer’s instructions if using an unvented kerosene or gas that has no ventilation system follow the directions on the device carefully. Use the proper fuel and leave open the doors to the rest of your house. Keep a slightly open to let in air and fuel is right window.[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]