An estimated 150 people die each year from accidental non-fire related carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in connection with consumer products such as water heaters, fire places and stoves. CO is known as the ‘silent killer,’ because it is a gas that you cannot see, taste or smell. Therefore it is vitally important to be aware of the danger so you can protect your home and family.
Below are some tips to help ensure that you and your family are adhering to CO safety during the winter months.
- Snow should not block the vents to household appliances such as dryers. If these items are blocked it can cause the CO to build up and cause a deadly situation.
- Generators are to stay outdoors in properly ventilated areas.
- If a fire hydrant is on your property, keep access to it clear should there be an emergency.
- The oven in your home should not be used as a heat source. The CO can kill pets and people.
- If you need to warm your vehicle, remove it from the garage first, don’t run it while still inside.
Lastly and most importantly, CO alarms should be installed in all central areas and sleeping areas.
Steve is the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and injury law, and has authored one of the definitive guides to Nevada civil law that is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys, his book entitled Elements of Nevada Legal Theories.