Carbon Monoxide Facts
Facts About Carbon Monoxide
1. Common sources of CO in the home—clogged chimney, blocked chimney opening, defective gas or wood burning fireplace, portable heater, improperly installed kitchen range or cook top vent, leaking chimney pipe or flue, cracked heat exchanger, corroded or disconnected water heater vent pipe, clothes dryer, auto exhaust fumes from attached garage, operating barbecue in enclosed area such as the garage.
2. CO is called the silent killer because it is a colourless, odourless, tasteless and toxic gas. When inhaled it inhibits the blood’s capacity to transport oxygen throughout the body. It can poison the body quickly, or slowly over a long period of time.
3. Install a CO alarm inside your home to provide early warning of accumulating CO. Alarms should be installed per manufacturer’s instructions, in a central location outside sleeping areas of your home, cottage and recreational vehicle.
4. When appliances are properly installed, maintained and vented, any CO produced by these devices will not stay inside your home.