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How to Help Reduce Your Risk of a Carbon Monoxide Leak

Carbon monoxide poisoning is scary because it can be deadly and comes without warning, especially if carbon monoxide detectors are not installed in the home.  A CO leak can come from various sources, and there are certain steps you can take to reduce the risk of a CO leak in your home.

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One big cause of carbon monoxide leaks are chimneys and fire places. When the weather turns cooler during the autumn and winter months, it’s nice to cuddle up next to a nice warm fire. However, you should have a professional inspect your chimney or fuel-burning equipment before you start any fire. Also, you should clear all filters and filter systems of dust before starting any fire, and always be sure to open the flue for ventilation when using the fire place. A controlled fire in a fire place can be nice, but it can also be very dangerous without checking the precautions.


Another source of carbon monoxide in a home is the clothes dryer. You need to make sure you are cleaning out the lint and debris that may build up in the vent that leads from the dryer to outside the house.  It is also recommended to have the dryer regularly serviced and cleaned by a professional to ensure it is in good, safe working order.


There are certain devices you should never use inside, including grills, barbeques and generators. You should only use generators in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors, and vent openings. You should never leave a car running in a closed garage.

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These are all important ways to reduce a carbon monoxide leak, and we must be mindful of all possible sources CO leaks. However, it is not possible to completely prevent all CO leaks. There can be malfunctions and events out of your control that can lead to a carbon monoxide leak. When this happens, this is where your CO alarm comes in handy. Your alarm is there to help protect what matters most. Always remember to regularly test and replace your CO alarms every 5 to 10 years.

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