PSE&G: Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

PSE&G: Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Every day we count on heating systems to warm our homes and businesses, stoves to cook our meals, hot water heaters to warm our showers and lawn mowers and snow blowers to keep our surroundings manicured and clear.

Most of the time, fuel-burning appliances and equipment work as expected to make our lives easier and more convenient. But when they don’t work as they should or are used improperly, they can cause a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide (CO) in the air.

You cannot see or smell CO but small amounts are in the air whenever fuel is burned. These amounts are usually not harmful but when too much builds up it can cause CO poisoning, which can be deadly.

While CO poisoning is a year-round threat, it is more common in cold weather when fuel-burning heating equipment is in use. Be familiar with the symptoms of CO poisoning, including headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting and confusion. They can occur immediately or gradually after long term exposure.

If you think there are high levels of CO in your home or business, go outside! If there is a medical emergency, such as someone falling unconscious, take the person outside to fresh air and then call 911. Wait outside or go to a neighbors until help arrives.

CO poisoning is dangerous but there are simple things you can do to reduce your risk:

*Make sure all fuel-burning appliances and equipment are maintained and operate properly. Improperly vented fireplaces can also give off CO.

*Install a CO detector in every area of your home. They can provide an early warning before CO builds up to dangerous levels.

*Never use ovens or clothes dryers for heating.

Do not allow vehicles, snow blowers, lawn mowers or any gasoline-powered engine to idle in a garage-especially if the garage is attached to your home or business. CO can drift inside and create a hazardous situation.

Disclaimer: This information comes directly from a PSE&G pamphlet that was recently sent out to customers and I thought it was very helpful. Please call PSE&G for more information.


About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to PSE&G: Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please be sure to keep a CO alarm in your house to test levels.

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