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Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Couple holding miniature house in handsCarbon Monoxide Poisoning

When buying a new home, it is important to look for one that is safe. While installing the right security system and picking the right neighborhood can help to keep your family safe from outside dangers, it is also important to make sure that you protect yourself from any inside dangers, including carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer, since it is a colorless and odorless gas that can only be detected with an alarm. Each year, around 15,000 people are sent to the emergency room due to carbon monoxide. There are many sources of carbon monoxide around your house, including gas fueled water heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, generators, and attached garages. Hiring a professional to check for any carbon monoxide leaks can help to keep you and your family safe.

Installing carbon monoxide alarms throughout your home is the best way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Alarms should be installed in, or right outside, every bedroom in your house, as well as on each level of your house. When installing an alarm near a potential source of carbon monoxide, make sure that it is installed at least 15 feet away to prevent any false alarms.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the most difficult illnesses to diagnose, since the symptoms are the same as many other illnesses. Some of the most common symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and unconsciousness. If you or someone in your family are experiencing any of these symptoms, get out of the house and call for help.

For all of your homeowner’s insurance needs and to ensure that you and your family are safe from any disaster, contact the insurance professionals at Agers Insurance Services in Oakley, California.