This time of year is when the majority of instances of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning happen. The main reason for this is that carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete combustion of fuels, and during the winter, people are using fuels in their home more than the rest of the year due to increased heating and cooking. What are some things you could do to protect yourself from this safety hazard?
First and foremost, install high-quality carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of your home, and nearby any fuel-burning appliances such as water heaters or furnaces. Once the CO detectors are installed, have a specific schedule to test and maintain them. While many people are vigilant about keeping their smoke detectors in good condition, they may not realize that carbon monoxide detectors may, in fact, be even more important to help protect their health and safety than smoke detectors, since carbon monoxide is very difficult for people to detect without the aid of a device.