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Stay Warm and Safe This Winter with These Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Tips

Stay Warm and Safe This Winter with These Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Tips

With winter approaching, more and more houses will be using heaters and keeping doors and windows closed in order to stay warm in Northern California. But with the need for heat comes an increased danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. In order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning for yourself or your family, follow these safety tips from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

  • Have a professional inspector check all appliances that burn fuel, such as water heaters, ovens, space heaters, and furnaces, at the beginning of every heating season.
  • Never sleep in a room with an unvented gas or kerosene space heater.
  • Do not idle your car in the garage; fumes can quickly build up in the garage and your home even if the garage door is open.
  • Read all instructions for fuel-burning devices and follow all of the outlined steps when using them.
  • Never use gas ovens to heat your home.
  • Never use any appliance with a gas-powered engine in an enclosed space.
  • Always use the proper amount of fuel for gas-burning appliances, leave doors open to the rest of the house, and crack windows open to allow for ventilation.

Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms include dizziness, confusion, nausea, faintness, and headaches. If you or someone nearby is experiencing these symptoms, open doors and windows and turn off devices. Then, have everyone leave the area and go outside for fresh air. Next, go to an emergency room and tell the doctor that you believe you may have- carbon monoxide poisoning. Tests can be taken to see if that is the case in order to prevent a possibly deadly case of poisoning.

If you or a loved one has suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning due to defective equipment or the negligence of another, contact the Northern California carbon monoxide poisoning attorneys with Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP. Call our law offices today at (800) 900-0863 for a consultation on your case.