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Carbon Monoxide Awareness: The Importance of HVAC Maintenance Inspections

F.H. Furr takes the safety and well-being of our customers very seriously; that’s why we want to remind all homeowners to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning (CMP). If you own fuel-burning appliances, including your heating system, you aren’t excluded from the need to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly 400 Americans die annually from CMP, and over 20,000 are hospitalized each year. That’s a terrifying statistic! 

Here’s what you need to know about carbon monoxide (CO):

  • CO is colorless, odorless, poisonous, and deadly.
  • CO is caused by partial burning of fuels: coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas.
  • CO is produced by products that are run by internal combustion engines like vehicles, lawnmowers, portable generators, and power washers.

Symptoms of CO poisoning may include:

Nausea, fuzziness, fatigue, headache, vomiting, confusion, unconsciousness, loss of muscle control. In severe cases, CO poisoning may result in death, so don’t take this lightly. 

How To Protect Your Family From CO Poisoning 

  • NEVER use fuel-burning products indoors.
  • NEVER use or service fuel-burning appliances without adequate knowledge.
  • NEVER leave your vehicle on in an enclosed space such as a garage.
  • NEVER attempt to heat your home with appliances such as ovens or dryers.
  • NEVER leave your gas stovetop on unattended.

Make sure all appliances and systems are installed and used according to the manufacturer’s instructions as well as building codes. Having your heating system and/or other fuel-burning appliances serviced by a professional technician is vital for protecting your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.

F.H. Furr also urges you to invest in a CO alarm system like the Nest Protect, and be sure it’s installed by one of our skilled electricians for optimal safety.

Contact F.H. Furr to discuss our preferred maintenance plans and take the first step toward protecting your home and loved ones against this threat.

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