Monoxide: Are You at Risk?
of people will die this year from carbon monoxide poisoning
in the home, says the Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC). Carbon monoxide comes from the combustion of
any fuel. Should you be concerned?
danger depends to a large extent on which fuels you
use in your home. Use the guide below to understand
the dangers and prevent any problems.
Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless and colorless
gas. It is poisonous if inhaled for extended periods.
Many mistake carbon monoxide poisoning for a cold or
Warning signs include:
- Irregular breathing
There's no cause for alarm. Properly tuned and installed,
home oil equipment produces insignificant amounts of
carbon monoxide. And if an oil burner is so out of tune
as to produce higher levels of the gas, it normally
produces smoke as a clear warning.
- Have your system checked and tuned annually;
- Have your chimney inspected every few years. You can
call us for advice before you take any action.
Unfortunately, gas burners provide no warning of carbon
monoxide danger. Therefore, toxic levels can be reached
without your knowledge. That's part of the reason gas-fueled
appliances cause more carbon monoxide deaths than do
other combustion appliances.
Gas users should:
- Have their chimney and flue checked for deterioration
and obstructions each year, and cleaned as necessary;
- Have their heating equipment or water heating unit
- Install a carbon monoxide detector.
Wood smoke contains large concentrations of carbon monoxide.
In addition, its smoke will cause sooty creosote to
build up in your chimney, increasing chances of blockage.
- Have chimney obstructions removed regularly. Make
sure the fire is completely out before closing the damper.
- If you must use a kerosene or propane auxiliary heater
in an emergency, make sure the room it occupies is very
- Do not burn charcoal in your home or in a confined
you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give
us a call. 732.566.0821
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