There are many dangers to consider when trying to keep your family safe, even at home. There are many everyday objects that can pose a threat to your family’s health. That is why Modern Air Solutions in Bensalem, PA provides a variety of products, services, and online informational articles to help keep you and your family safe.

Carbon Monoxide is a poisonous gas that is colorless, odorless and very difficult to detect. This sounds very scary, but if you get the right tools, and learn what you need to know, you can help protect your family from danger. Below you will find a checklist of tasks you can perform to help keep your home and family safe from a carbon monoxide leak.

Learn Which Items In Your Home Pose A Threat

There are multiple items in your home that can leak carbon monoxide. Here are some of the most common.

  • Furnaces
  • Water Heaters
  • Generators
  • Fireplaces
  • Gas or Oil Space Heaters
  • Wood Stoves
  • Grills and Ranges
  • Power Equipment
  • Lawnmowers
  • Cars
  • Any Appliance with a Pilot Light

If you have any of these items in your home, you should learn how to use them properly. If possible, do not leave any of these machines or appliances running while you are not around.

Get A Carbon Monoxide Detector Installed By Modern Air Solutions

Carbon monoxide detectors are one of the best ways to protect your family from a carbon monoxide leak. Since you cannot detect it on your own, a carbon monoxide detector will do so for you. A carbon monoxide detector will warn you by beeping loudly when it detects carbon monoxide in your home. Modern Air Solutions can easily install one for you.

The number of carbon monoxide detectors you should get depends on the size and layout of your home. Modern Air Solutions recommends having one near each bedroom and at least one on each floor. If you are unsure of how many you should get, schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable technicians who can help you properly assess your home.

Test and Maintain Those Detectors

Once you have carbon monoxide detectors installed, you will need to check and maintain them regularly to ensure they will work when you need them. The batteries will need to be changed at least twice per year. You should also test each one at least once per month. You may need to clean them as well. You can do so with a gentle vacuum or compressed air.

Every seven years, you should also replace your detectors to ensure you have a functioning system and the latest technology.

Make Sure Your Vents and Chimneys Are Clear

If your chimney or vents are blocked, it can block the air flow and create carbon monoxide buildup in your home. It is a good idea to have your chimneys and air ducts inspected annually to ensure they are clean and safe to use. Modern Air Solutions also offers an air duct cleaning service that can help keep your HVAC system running efficiently. Check out the Modern Air Solutions website to learn more.

Teach Your Family How To Identify Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

While we may not be able to detect signs of carbon monoxide, we can notice symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Some common symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Trouble breathing
  • Loss of coordination
  • Loss of consciousness

If you have objects that can leak carbon monoxide in your home, be sure to teach your family these signs so they can react accordingly.

Teach Your Family What to Do In the Event Of An Emergency

Finally, you should create a plan for handling a carbon monoxide leak and share it with your family. Your plan should include immediately leaving your home. You can also determine a meeting place so you can make sure everyone is accounted for. Don’t forget about any pets in your home. Make sure they are taken care of as well.

Next, someone should contact the fire department. It is extremely important that no one re-enters your home until it has been aired out and inspected by a professional. Make sure that every person in your family understands this rule. You should also contact Modern Air Solutions to inspect your HVAC system and equipment to ensure it is safe to use.