Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas and anyone who has inhaled it for some time will most likely die. There have been a lot of reported cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, especially people who were just asleep at home or inside their cars. As long as you have devices or appliances at home that could produce this gas, there is a potential risk.
The good thing is that you can now prevent this problem from happening. Here are some tips to take into consideration.
Check the appliances you buy
Before buying any appliance, make sure that you have checked the seal to guarantee that it has been checked and verified. Don’t settle for anything less just because you are trying to save money. Quality and security should come first when it comes to appliances.
Have the appliances regularly checked
The problem with most people is that they only take action when problems occur. If your water heater, for instance, is not working well, seek someone to provide repair services. There should be regular maintenance regardless of the presence of repair issues. Maintenance services should be sought at least once a year. All appliances producing heat and fire must undergo thorough maintenance by experts.
Install emergency generators outside your house
These generators are only used when there is a power outage. There is no need for you to install them inside your home. You should have them at least 20 feet away from the nearest windows or doors. They usually give off poisonous gases. Placing them in your basement or garage is not recommended. The same thing is true for charcoal grills or portable stoves. They are best used for outdoor cooking only. There should also be a storage area which is not inside your house so that while they are not in use, they won’t leak poisonous gases.
Have your vehicles checked
Carbon monoxide poisoning also happens inside a vehicle. Therefore, you must have the exhaust system checked every year. If your garage is attached to your house, make sure that you don’t leave any vehicle running there. Fumes can still come inside your house. Open the windows and doors especially when the vehicle has not been used for some time just to make sure all unwanted gases are out.
Install carbon monoxide detectors
It is now possible for you to use devices that have the capacity to detect the presence of carbon monoxide at home. This can be a part of a smart home security system. If the gas has been detected, you will be immediately notified so that you can ask for help from someone to fix the problem. If it can’t be fixed quickly, you can opt to relocate first. This security system can be a part of a bigger home security package that won’t cost a lot.
Hopefully, you can use this modern technology to ensure safety in your house.