EPA Warns About Carbon Monoxide
We're well into the winter heating season, and the US Environmental Protection agency is warning about the dangers of CO, carbon monoxide.
You can't see it or smell it, but it's a killer, and I've covered stories in Sioux Falls where CO has killed people. In fact, EPA says it kills more than 400 people, on average, in the US each year.
I don't know about you, but we get our furnace checked every fall to make sure it's ready for winter.
The EPA's recommendations include:
- Make sure appliances are installed and vented properly.
- Have gas or wood-burning appliances, heating and ventilation systems (including chimneys) inspected regularly.
- Inspect homes after heavy snow fall and make sure snow is removed from around exhaust stacks, vents, and fresh-air intakes.
- Buy a carbon monoxide detector for your home or apartment and make sure the detector meets Standard UL 2034 of the Underwriters Laboratory. Keep in mind that installing a detector is not a guarantee of safety, it is just one of the precautions you should take.
You can get more information at www.epa.gov.