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Carbon Monoxide: Safe and Unsafe Habits

Are you taking steps to keep your family safe from carbon monoxide? Furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, and other appliances can generate carbon monoxide if they aren’t working properly. Here are a few tips on how you can keep this odorless and poisonous gas out of your home.

Safe Habits:

  • Inspect Your Heating System – Homeowners should have their heating systems inspected and serviced annually. This maintenance will help identify and address any problems before you begin using your heating system for the winter.
  • Keep Vents Clear – Make sure your dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace vents are free of snow buildup during and after a storm.
  • Install a CO Alarm – Since carbon monoxide is both colorless and odorless, it’s important to have a detector installed in your home to notify you and your family of its presence. Make sure you change your batteries every year!

Habits to Avoid:

  • Don’t Warm Up Your Car in the Garage – Don’t leave your car running indoors. Even if the garage door is open, you want to make sure that you are warming your car up outside. You should also make sure that the exhaust pip is not blocked with snow.
  • Don’t Use Your Oven to Heat Your Home – If your heating system isn’t working effectively, give us a call instead!
  • Don’t Use Generators Inside – Always keep portable generators outside – not in your home or garage.

Read more about carbon monoxide safety on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website here or through the NFPA. You can also contact Wahl Family Heating and Cooling to schedule an appointment to have your heating system inspected this fall. Our professional technicians can help make sure you and your family are practicing safe carbon monoxide habits at home. Call (412) 265-2662 today!