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Are You Safe from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

carbon-monoxide-poisoningA few weeks ago, people in Michigan and Maine were suffering severe power outages as a result of a deadly ice storm. We are just fine here in Charlotte, NC, but we couldn’t help but notice that several people have already been admitted to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Since power outages can happen in any state due to all kinds of severe weather conditions we thought we’d take a moment to talk about carbon monoxide poisoning, the kinds of activities that put people at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, and what you can do to keep your family safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Got Gas?

We’re surrounded by the kinds of gasses that can produce carbon monoxide poisoning all the time. If you use gas, kerosene, or propane in any capacity then you’re dealing with a potential hazard.

Take a moment to really think about how these substances factor into your home. Water heaters often run on gas. Many space heaters and stoves run on gas, propane, or kerosene. And many portable electric emergency generators run on propane.

Improper maintenance or use of any of these items can put you at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, and you’d simply never know because the gas is tasteless, colorless, and odorless. Make sure each and every source of gas in your home is inspected and cared for on a regular basis.

Don’t Assume It Can’t Happen to You

Unless everything in your home runs on 100% electric power you are at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Even a charcoal grill can put you at risk.

Since you can’t taste or smell the gas you really have no way of knowing whether there is a problem. You’re left guessing, trusting, and hoping. That’s not a good position to be in.

It’s better to be sure. And fortunately, you can be. JSB Security offers carbon monoxide detectors that will alert you if there’s a problem, allowing you and your family to get to safety before any harm is done. Then you can run your generator, your stove, and your hot water heater with confidence, because you will know the moment there is any cause for concern.

If you live in the Charlotte, NC area and you’re ready to enjoy this kind of peace of mind, call us. We can help you prevent carbon monoxide poisoning today.


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