Carbon Monoxide Sources In the Home

By | December 6, 2017

carbon monoxide sources in the home
Carbon monoxide is colorless, tasteless and odorless. This gas caused many people get injured and die every year in the US. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (MMWR, 56(50)1309-1312; December 21, 2007), carbon monoxide poisoning causes more than 2000 deaths in the US every year.

This statistic should give enough motivation for you to act immediately to prevent you and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Besides having a good understanding of carbon monoxide physical properties, it is also important to know carbon monoxide sources in the home. Know precisely where carbon monoxide in your home comes from.

This will help you act correctly when you are installing protection tools and devices in your home. I highly recommend you to make a simple map in your home, where carbon monoxide is generated. Make the map easy to read and let every member of your family know about that.

Now, you may want to ask something. Where are carbon monoxide sources in the home? You will know this information soon. So, keep reading.

Carbon Monoxide Sources In the Home

When we talk about the numbers of carbon monoxide sources in the home, there will be many answers for this question. Why? It is because carbon monoxide source will equal to the number of equipment that can generate carbon monoxide.

In another article, I have written that carbon monoxide is generated from the incomplete burning of carbon-containing materials. Carbon monoxide quantity generated from such burning will increase when required oxygen for complete burning is less.

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The following list is common carbon monoxide sources in the home.

1. Kerosene space heater

2. Gas space heater

3. Furnace

4. Gas cooking stove

5. Boiler

6. Cloth dryer

7. Water heater

8. Charcoal grill

9. Fireplace

10. Lawnmower

11. Wood Stove

12. Camp Stove

13. Power generator

14. Power tool with internal combustion engine

15. Car

16. Motorcycle

17. Leaking chimney

18. Nearby roads (from car, trucks, etc)

In addition, I would like to add carbon monoxide poisoning in car. This happens when a car exhaust gas channel is leaking and come into your car. This is a very common accident that happens when you do not take enough effort for car exhaust maintenance.

What Should I Do to Those Carbon Monoxide Sources in the Home?

Actually, you can actively do something to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. The following tips will give ideas on what to do with your equipment in your home that potentially will generate carbon monoxide.

a. All those pieces of equipment above that I mention in the list should be maintained and checked regularly by experienced technician only. Follow maintenance schedule as mentioned in the manual of each equipment or appliance.

b. Besides, all exhaust pipe and chimney should also be maintained properly and checked for leakage. Any leakage has to be repaired immediately. Never try to use any appliance that will generate CO gas while the exhaust pipe or chimney is leaking.

c. If you smell an unusual odor from your equipment, stop using it. Call technician immediately to repair it.

d. All the above equipment is allowable to run with good vent. Never run them without vent pipe.

e. Outdoor equipment should never be run inside your home. Never.

f. Never use power generator inside your home. Carbon monoxide will build up easily.

Don’t Forget to Install Carbon Monoxide Detector

You will never be able to detect the existence of carbon monoxide inside your home. You have to install carbon monoxide detector in your home in enough quantity.

Carbon monoxide detector will alarm you whenever it detects carbon monoxide at a certain level. If you are new to carbon monoxide selection, you could read it here.