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Safety & Science: Protect Your Family From Carbon Monoxide

Written on: March 6, 2018

Safety & Science: Protect Your Family From Carbon Monoxide

Our main focus at Broco Energy is to protect you and your family, and make sure your heating system is running properly. The easiest way to do that is provide you with all the information you will need to keep you and your loved ones informed and safe!

Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas, produced by burning fuel, that is toxic and can be deadly to humans.  The best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is to familiarize yourself with what carbon monoxide is, what symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are, and how to install the proper detection equipment.

The Reactions YouTube Channel (produced by the American Chemical Society) has a great, simple episode on the science behind how Carbon Monoxide works in the body, and why it is so dangerous. Scroll to the end or click to watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMnaLKlVXxo

A buildup of Carbon Monoxide can be caused by improper ventilation or system malfunction. It is important to have your heating system regularly checked and maintained by professionals.

What are the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning? They vary according to the amount of exposure to carbon monoxide the victim has experienced and can include:

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•headaches

•nausea

•fatigue

•drowsiness

•confusion

•disorientation

•unconsciousness

•convulsions

•heart failure

•in some cases, death.

If anyone in your home experiences these symptoms, you should immediately get fresh air by opening windows, doors, and going outside. Call 911 or your local fire department, and have Broco come and inspect your system before using it again.

Your best line of defense is to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home, and regularly test and maintain them.

Education is the most powerful tool! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your friends at Broco Energy!