Check Your CO Detector Annually

New Year’s is a time of fresh beginnings. Start 2018 off as safe as possible in your home. Check your CO detectors, as winter is peak time for cases of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and deadly. It emits from burning wood, kerosene, natural gas, and oil. As we warm and seal our homes in winter, the chances of CO exposure are high.

Of course, make sure you have a CO detector installed in the first place. If installing, place the detector at least five feet up the wall, as carbon monoxide is a lightweight gas and will rise. Do not install detectors closer than 15 feet to furnaces, fireplaces, stoves, and water heaters. You don’t want a frightening false alarm in the midst of hosting a dinner party! It is also important to have a CO detector on each level of the house. Smoke detectors will not detect carbon monoxide, so make sure both are present on each floor.

Keep a backup battery in CO detectors at all times, as power outages can be the most dangerous instances of CO exposure. CO poisoning leads to dizziness, vomiting, headache, and shortness of breath, and can result in death. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning at all, leave the house and call 911.

Keep a lookout for more safe homeowner tips from the BMR Insurance blog. Happy New Year, and stay safe in 2018. Questions about your coverage? Call us today at 714-838-1911 for a free quote.

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