Propane has a great variety of uses for in the home and around the home. Having propane in the home their is a risk of leaks just like with natural gas. When gas leaks comes Carbon Monoxide Dangers. Here are some facts about Carbon Monoxide and warning signs to look for if you have propane appliances in or around your house. A leaking Propane Tank can cause serious harm to your family and pets.
What is Carbon Monoxide? Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and toxic gas. Smoking a cigarette; idling a gasoline engine; and burning fuel oil, wood, kerosene, natural gas, and propane all produce CO. High levels of CO can be produced when fuels are burned incompletely.
Where do High Levels of CO come from? High levels of CO can be generated by appliances that are defective or improperly installed or maintained. CO can also enter a home if an appliance venting system or chimney becomes blocked by debris or animal nests.
Is CO deadly? High levels of CO can make you dizzy, give you headaches, or cause flu-like symptoms. In extreme cases, high levels of or extended exposure to CO can result in brain damage or death. Young children; the elderly; people with heart disease; and those under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication are particularly susceptible to CO poisoning.
Symptoms of CO poisoning:
Shortness of breath
CO detectors are designed to sound an alarm when they sense excessive levels of CO in the air. We recommend that you consider installing a CO detector listed by UL on each level of your home. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding installation, location, and maintenance.
If you or a family member shows physical symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the building and call 911 or your local fire department.
If it is safe to do so, open windows to allow entry of fresh air, and turn off any appliances you suspect may be releasing the CO.
If no one has physical symptoms of CO poisoning, but you suspect that CO is present, call your propane retailer or a qualified service technician to check CO levels and your propane equipment.
How to reduce the risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:
- Have a qualified service technician check your propane appliances and venting systems annually, preferably before the heating season begins.
- Install UL-listed CO detectors on every level of your home.
- Never use a gas oven or range-top burners to provide space heating.
- Never use portable heaters indoors, unless they are designed and approved for indoor use.
- Never use a barbecue grill (propane or charcoal) indoors for cooking or heating.
- Regularly check your appliance exhaust vents for blockage.
CoEnergy Propane is your place for propane products and appliances. We can help you find the right appliances for your home and needs. We look forward to helping you use propane safely and efficiently!