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What You Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

December 18, 2023 | Blog

Boerne HVAC Safety

At KCA Services, we recognize the seriousness of carbon monoxide poisoning. As a trusted Boerne AC company, we offer maintenance and repair services for appliances that could produce CO. We also provide emergency AC services to ensure your home and office in Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, are safe and comfortable.

Keep reading to learn more about carbon monoxide poisoning and how to detect it in your home.

What Is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a dangerous, odorless and tasteless gas. It’s a common household hazard formed by the incomplete combustion of carbon-based materials. Everyday items like gas stoves, fireplaces and cars can be sources if not properly maintained.

Understanding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Inhaling this gas can be extremely dangerous. It replaces oxygen in your blood, depriving your heart, brain and other organs of the oxygen they need. The risk varies based on the level of gas and length of exposure, with high levels being immediately dangerous.

According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC), around 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning each year. Thousands more require emergency medical care. It’s a silent threat, but with the right knowledge and precautions, it’s preventable.

Symptoms Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The symptoms of this gas exposure can be deceptively mild at first, often mistaken for the seasonal flu. Here are a few signs to look out for:

  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion and fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

If you or someone else experiences these symptoms and you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, it’s crucial to act quickly. Immediately move to fresh air, either by going outside or opening windows and doors. Doing this can reduce CO levels in your body.

Seek medical attention right away, even if you start to feel better. CO poisoning can quickly become life-threatening, and it’s essential to get a professional evaluation as soon as possible.

Preventing CO Poisoning

It’s crucial to take precautions that prevent this gas from forming in your home. Prevention is more simple than you might think. Here are some easy steps to keep your family safe:

  • Follow guidelines: Use all appliances according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Regular professional maintenance is key.
  • Annual inspections: Ensure your heating system and other fuel-burning appliances are inspected by a professional annually.
  • Awareness in usage: Never use outdoor equipment like generators or grills inside your home or garage.
  • Vehicle precautions: Be cautious with vehicles in garages. Even with the door open, it’s risky to leave a car running in an enclosed space.

Taking precautions will protect you and your loved ones from exposure to this dangerous gas.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors: A Must-Have

A carbon monoxide detector is an essential safety device in every home. It alerts you of dangerous CO levels, allowing you to take action before it’s too late. Place them near bedrooms and check them regularly to ensure they’re working.

Staying Safe With KCA Services

Remember, CO poisoning is a preventable danger. Regular maintenance of your home appliances, awareness of the risks and having functional CO detectors can make all the difference.

While KCA Services doesn’t install CO detectors, we’re here to provide top-notch emergency AC services and advice on keeping your home safe. If you have any concerns about your appliances or home safety, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Stay safe and comfortable in your home, knowing that you’re well-informed and prepared. We’re here to help you breathe easier, both literally and figuratively!

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