What You Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide Safety
Colourless and odourless, carbon monoxide is a silent killer and can be produced by burning gasoline, wood, propane, charcoal, and other fuel, especially when your appliances are improperly ventilated.
Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide accumulates in your bloodstream. This happens when there is too much carbon monoxide in the air, and your body begins replacing the oxygen that you normally breathe with carbon monoxide. This can lead to tissue damage and even death.
A carbon monoxide leak is one of the most dangerous risks of installing a gas boiler and heating system. This means nearly everyone with a home is subject. While Efficient Pure Plumbing takes every precaution to ensure a safe installation and operation, a carbon monoxide leak can still occur.
Signs of a Carbon Monoxide Leak
It’s important to know the early signs of carbon monoxide poisoning so you can leave your home and contact emergency services before the damage becomes permanent. Here are a few symptoms to look for:
Nausea or vomiting
Shortness of breath
Loss of consciousness
Preventing a Carbon Monoxide Leak
Here are a few things to keep in mind to safeguard your home from carbon monoxide:
- Never use a generator inside your home
- Never use a gas range for heating
- Never burn charcoal indoors
- Make sure your gas appliances are vented
- Have your chimney checked yearly
Carbon monoxide detectors are essential for anyone worried about carbon monoxide leaks in your home. You can install a battery-operated carbon sector in your home, and replace the batteries regularly. Place the alarms near places where you are in your home, like you bedroom living room.
The only proactive way to prevent a carbon monoxide leak is to ensure your appliances are properly installed and get consistent carbon monoxide checks to make sure your home has normal levels. You can also install carbon monoxide alarms to detect a link early. Never attempt DIY maintenance on your gas appliances, because you run the risk of loosening something that could cause a leak.
What To Do If You Have a Carbon Monoxide Leak
Whether you suspect or detect a carbon monoxide leak, you need to take action immediately. Here are a few important measures:
First, turn off all of your appliances. Open your doors and windows to ventilate the property. Next, evacuate the property before you call the gas emergency number to report the incident.
Even if you don’t immediately feel the effects of a carbon monoxide leak, you should still seek medical care. Many symptoms can be affecting your body without your knowledge.
Keep Your Home Safe From Carbon Monoxide
At Efficient Pure Plumbing, we take measures to ensure the safe installation of all of your appliances to help prevent dangers like carbon monoxide. We also provide carbon monoxide checks to make sure your home remains safe even after the initial installation. If you want to get a carbon monoxide testing, call us on 03 9133 8707 or use our contact form and we’ll get back to you at a time of your choosing.