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Carbon Monoxide – How to Stay Safe

February 9, 2012

There’s been a lot of talk in the press and on TV in recent months about Carbon Monoxide but what do you need to know about it? Firstly it’s highly dangerous and you can’t see it or smell it which is why it got the name the “silent killer”.

When Carbon Monoxide is inhaled into the body it combines with the blood and stops it from absorbing oxygen. If a person is exposed to it over a period of time, it can cause serious illness or worse. There are a number of ways you can protect yourself and your family from Carbon Monoxide such as;

– Never block vents
– Regularly clean chimneys
– Have heating/heating devices serviced regularly
– Inspect and maintain appliances

An alternative to this is to purchase a Carbon Monoxide alarm. A Carbon Monoxide alarm triggers an alarm based on an accumulation of carbon monoxide over time. Alarms can be found at http://bit.ly/x3nhuF

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