The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Tuesday November 28, 2017

"You have no way of knowing. Like with smoke, you can smell smoke, you know where there is a fire. But the carbon monoxide, I mean, you just don’t know. - Rachel Peabody"

Brandon Peabody | bpeabody@peabodyinc.com

A few weeks ago my brother and sister in law, Nate and Rachel, had a carbon monoxide scare at their new house. It was a little after midnight and Nate was working in the garage while Rachel was doing laundry in the house, the kids were asleep upstairs. The carbon monoxide detectors started going off, and Rachel changed out the batteries before calling in Nate to discuss. A few minutes later the whole family was awake outside and 911 had been called.

The Fenton Fire Department did a sweep of the house and determined that the furnace was the culprit.

Sadly, I’ve come across several stories in the local paper about families who were not this lucky. Maybe they never installed carbon monoxide detectors or didn’t think to heed them. These stories haunt me and I’ve recently bought 3 carbon monoxide detectors for my home. I wanted to share this story and share some facts about the dangers of carbon monoxide.
  • CO is produced by the incomplete burning of solid, liquid or gaseous fuels from household items such as furnaces, ranges, water heaters and fireplaces. If these items are used or installed improperly, dangerous levels of CO can escape into the air and cause illness. 
  • Common sources of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Gas Space Heaters, Furnaces & Chimneys, Appliance Back-drafting, Gas stoves, generators, auto exhaust.
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) doesn’t have an odor, color or taste, and therefore can’t be detected by the human senses. Your best bet to identify is to purchase Carbon Monoxide detectors (Some smoke detectors serve dual purpose as a smoke and carbon monoxide detector).
  • Notice the symptoms of CO poisoning… headache, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting and tightness across the chest.