Carbon Monoxide Dangers In A SnowstormBy Home Security Source 2/17/2011 | 10:21:33 amPosted in: Carbon Monoxide
Heavy snow around the country is difficult for a variety of reasons, but with snow piling up in drifts it is important to be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning
Keep any outdoor vents around the home clear, including chimneys, flues and dryer vents. Some newer, high efficiency furnaces are vented on the side of the house instead of from the roof, creating a carbon monoxide problem if drifts of snow pile up and block the air flow. The best way to prevent this is by walking around your house and clearing any snow or ice at least three feet from the vent.
Gas companies stress that it is important to remove ice and snow from natural gas meters and lines as well. Too much snow or ice will keep the meters from breathing and could cause a dangerous build up. Experts suggest using a household broom to gently brush snow without damaging the pipes.
Be prepared with a carbon monoxide detector
. Carbon monoxide poisoning at home often occurs during the night and early hours of the morning, while you are sleeping. A carbon monoxide detector can wake you from what could be a deadly sleep.
Also be alert about carbon monoxide in your car. If snow is piled high make sure that the car’s tailpipe is not buried, because it can also cause carbon monoxide to build. Even though it is cold outside remember to never leave your car running while in the garage even with the door open.
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