The Silent Dangers Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Your Heating System

The Silent Dangers Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Your Heating System

You finally made it safely inside your home from the harsh winter weather. You adjust your thermostat and prepare to get cozy and relax in the warm indoors.

Everything seems perfect, but is your home really safe?

Most people are aware of the fire risk that their gas appliances pose. However, beyond fires and explosions, there may be a silent danger lurking in your home.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the in-home dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning send around 20,000 people to the emergency room each year. Discover how to protect you and your loved ones against this odorless, colorless poison.

What is Carbon Monoxide poisoning?

It’s important to note that if your heating system is running properly, you and your loved ones are safe! The issue occurs when a problem goes unnoticed because everything seems to be working fine. Carbon monoxide poisoning is known as a “silent killer” because it does not produce an odor, color, or taste.

Carbon Monoxide is an extremely dangerous and deadly gas that makes it difficult for your blood to transport oxygen, leaving the body deficient in the needed element.

Common Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Disorientation
  • Nausea

Due to the similarities to other common illnesses, many people ignore the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning until it is too late to seek medical attention. It’s also easy to miss signs of poisoning when you are asleep.

How to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Your Home Heating System

  • Schedule Routine Maintenance Checkups: There is great value in getting your heating systems checked routinely for carbon monoxide issues and equipment malfunctions, especially before heater season. Also, professionals can check for blockages that can stop an air conditioning system from working properly.
  • Inspect Your Chimney: Any blockage in the chimney or pipes can be damaging. Your chimney must be checked for bird nests, soot, or anything in the way of proper function.
  • Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Carbon Monoxide detectors add an extra level of protection, alerting those in the home when there is carbon monoxide in the air. When installed properly, they can be the key to saving lives.

24/7 Emergency Care

During this winter season, Kyle ER & Hospital has you covered for any medical emergency! Our expert emergency room physicians quickly alleviate any of your symptoms and provide accurate treatment for long-term success. For 24/7 adult and pediatric emergency care services – visit us today!

Disclaimer: As a service to our readers, Kyle ER & Hospital and Nutex Health state no content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.

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