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How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure

As a follow-up to my post last week about the new Colorado Carbon Monoxide detector requirements, I thought it was a good time to reiterate the basic ways to prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure.

Here are some basic CO2 Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do install a battery-operated CO detector on each floor of your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. Choose a model that can measure low levels of CO.
  • Do have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced annually by a qualified technician. Even new furnaces are susceptible to damage and require regular maintenance.
  • Do keep gas appliances, heaters, fireplaces, wood burning stoves, and barbeques in good working order and ventilate them outside the home.
  • Don't run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.
  • Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t vented.
  • Don’t heat your house with a gas oven.
  • Don't use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement, or garage or near a window.
  • Do make sure wood burning stove doors fit tightly. Open flues when fireplaces are in use.
  • Do seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseous.