Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning

Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning

(BPT) – Few areas of the country are immune to natural disasters or severe weather. Whether you live in a hurricane zone or face icy winters, it is important to prepare your

Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning

home and family to weather the storm and know the potential health and safety risks that may arise in emergency situations.

Beyond inconvenience, widespread and long-term power outages resulting from storms raise a much more serious concern: carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. While the poisonous gas can come from any fossil fuel-burning appliance or vehicle, the risk posed by generators is of particular concern because of this year’s devastating storm season.

“Simple preparation, along with an understanding of the risks of CO, are key factors for protecting your home and loved ones both during storm season and throughout the year,” said Tarsila Wey, director of marketing for First Alert. “The risk of CO can occur anytime – not just during emergencies – which is why installing and regularly testing CO alarms are an integral part of any home safety plan.”

What is CO?

Often dubbed “the silent killer,” the gas is colorless and odorless, making it impossible to detect without a CO alarm. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, CO poisoning is the No. 1 cause of accidental poisoning in the United States and is responsible for an average of 450 deaths each year.

CO poisoning is notoriously difficult to diagnose – often until it’s too late. Symptoms mimic those of many other illnesses, and include nausea, headaches, dizziness, weakness, chest pain and vomiting. In more severe poisoning cases, people may experience disorientation or unconsciousness, or suffer long-term neurological disabilities, cardio-respiratory failure or death.

Sources of CO may include, but are not limited to, generators, heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, appliances or cooking sources using coal, wood, petroleum products or other fuels emitting CO as a by-product of combustion. Attached garages with doors, ductwork or ventilation shafts connected to a living space also are sources of CO.

What should you do?

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BRRR…Weather is changing to fall – Is your furnace ready?

BRRR…Weather is changing to fall – Is your furnace ready?

So it’s that time of year again. Fall time.  When the leaves start changing well so do the morning temperatures here in Central Ohio.

So, when you turn your furnace on does it make some strange noises? Maybe it’s blowing cold air still? Uh oh- Then it’s time to find out why.  You roll downstairs and you listen to the sound of your furnace.  Do you hear any leaking sounds? How about the dreaded clanking? is this a word??? Well anyways, let’s get back to why you are here. Furnace repair in Columbus.

Now that you hear something not quite right or worse, don’t feel that warm air you were expecting what can you do.  You can run to youtube and try and become a DIY’er but this is not recommended.  Because there is electric and gas involved, these two elements could really endanger you if not handled properly.

We recommend instead, that you call the experts at Advance JHeating and Cooling.  We will come out, most days- same day – and inspect what is going on.  We will explain what that sound is or why the heat is not blowing, give you the details and always try and repair your issues first.  We don;t just sell you a new furnace.  Furnaces are being made better and better each year and many of the parts are swappable so we will do our best to keep the costs down for you.

So when your furnace is need of attention and repair, let the experts at Advance Heating and Cooling help you.

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