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Carbon Monoxide Risk: How to Safeguard Your Home/Business

A PRIME Insurance Safety Bulletin

 


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions homeowners, renters and businesses about carbon monoxide poisoning. According to findings, there are hundreds of related fatalities and thousands of people that become sick from the invisible, odorless gas.

The good news is that anyone can shield themselves from the danger by being mindful of poisoning exposure symptoms - such as dizzy, sleepy and nausea feelings - and with the following suggestions.  

Important Tips on Carbon Monoxide Safety

Your Home:

  • Install a working carbon monoxide alarm on all floors, as well as near sleeping quarters. Test each one regular intervals and replace batteries as needed. CO detectors should be replaced about every 5 years.

  • Hire a professional to inspect and/or service your chimney or furnace for safe functioning prior to the season’s use.

  • Never use a generator or grill within your home, garage or sheltered spot, like a porch. When in use, your generator should be a minimum of twenty feet from your home.

Your Business:

  • Make sure there is enough ventilation at the workplace, especially where fuel-burning equipment is used.

  • If feasible, opt for electric or compressed air-powered tools instead of fuel-burning ones when working indoors.

  • Be on the lookout for related danger. Instruct employees to evacuate building and alert the boss in the event of a carbon monoxide safety issue.  



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Summary: Carbon monoxide poisoning claims the lives of hundreds of people each year. The silver lining is that anyone can easily protect themselves from the silent, odorless killer. Prime Insurance highlights the important tips.

 

 


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