Unfortunately, the number of injuries and deaths due to carbon monoxide poisoning has been rising for years. There are a number of theories for why this is, but one thing we do know: homes are much more energy efficient these days. And an energy efficient home does not “breath” like an older (drafty?) home. Therefore, even low levels of carbon monoxide in a newer home can lead to CO poisoning symptoms.
Last winter I wrote an in-depth article all about Carbon Monoxide and winter home safety. You can read that article HERE. If you do not currently have a CO detector – and if you have any of the items in the picture above (fireplace, gas furnace, or an attached garage) … please install one ASAP. Today would be great!
The National Fire Protection Association has a great one page summary about where and how to install a CO detector. You can download it by clicking HERE.