Home heating safety and the health of your family are important to the team at John’s Refrigeration. Not only do we create comfort in your home, we want you to be safe. Two of the biggest safety issues are house fires and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
The United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates that more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 suffer injuries in house fires annually.
Did you know? Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the leading causes of poisoning. That is due in part to it being an odorless, colorless gas that can enter the home in a variety of ways. From your water heater or gas range to your car parked in the garage, CO can harm your family.
There are stories of families who thought they had the flu. They found out later they were suffering from CO poisoning. The symptoms are similar – dizziness, headache, body aches, nausea, and vomiting. If you believe you are experiencing CO poisoning, get out of the home and to a hospital.
Because it is difficult to detect, we recommend installing a commercial grade CO alarm to warn you of increased CO levels in your home. The commercial grade CO monitors that we install are much more sensitive than the ones available at your hardware store. CO alarms should be placed low to the ground outside bedrooms and in common areas. In addition, we recommend installing smoke detectors in similar areas up on the ceilings.
To prevent a fire in your home, we recommend the following:
- Don’t use a portable generator or charcoal grill in an enclosed area, such as a garage or inside the home.
- Even when temperatures dip toward freezing, don’t use a gas stove to heat your home. Seek community services offered to people who lack proper heating in their homes.
- When using a wood fireplace or stove, practice caution. Leaving a fire burning when you fall asleep is a risk for a larger home fire.
Your family’s health and comfort are our priority. We offer annual inspections and servicing of HVAC systems. Contact us for additional information about smoke detectors, CO alarms, and the many services offered by John’s Refrigeration.