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Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer By Shea Richardson
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

You can't see or smell carbon monoxide. It is odorless and colorless. But it can kill you or a member of your family in minutes if it goes undetected. The only way to battle this silent killer is to install a carbon monoxide alarm in the right place in your home.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. Proper maintenance of the appliances that burn these items will go a long way in keeping carbon monoxide levels safe. But if these appliances are used incorrectly, the amount of carbon monoxide they produce can be harmful or fatal.

Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

  • Inspect Your Equipment. Make sure that your wood burning or gas appliances are serviced by a trained mechanic on a regular basis to ensure their safety.
  • Outside Venting. Whenever possible, choose burning appliances that vent their fumes outdoors to minimize the danger of carbon monoxide build-up inside the home.
  • Read the Instructions. As painful as it may be, reading the instructions to your appliances will tell you how to use them safely.

Installing a carbon monoxide alarm will be one of your best weapons in the fight against carbon monoxide poisoning. This alarm is fairly inexpensive and can be placed in a variety of strategic places in your home. Here are some of the details concerning the purchase and use of a carbon monoxide alarm for your home.

The Carbon Monoxide Alarm:

  • Research. When shopping around for a quality carbon monoxide alarm, don't let price be the determining factor. Choosing a cheap alarm might not provide you with the protection you require.
  • Alarm. If you hear a carbon monoxide alarm, get everyone out of the house, flush out your home with fresh air, and turn off any and all appliances.

About the Author
An accomplished educator and writer, Shea Richardson has several years of teaching experience in the Georgia public school system. She holds a degree in Education from Georgia State University and specializes in topics spanning technology, education, and group dynamics.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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