What to Know about CO: A Primer on Carbon Monoxide Safety

Posted: October 24, 2017

Carbon monoxide alarm

If you live in a home with a fuel-burning appliance (a furnace, boiler or water heater, for example), then you probably know at least a little bit about the potential dangers of carbon monoxide (CO). But how much do you really know about CO?

Here are 7 CO basics that will help keep your family safe this heating season.

1. What is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that is produced by burning fuel – heating oil, gasoline, coal, wood, charcoal, kerosene, propane, or natural gas.

2. Why is carbon monoxide dangerous?

A buildup of CO in your home can lead to CO poisoning, which can cause illness, unconsciousness, or, in extreme cases, death.

3. What causes a buildup of CO?

A buildup of CO typically occurs due to either poor ventilation or equipment breakdown. Potential causes of CO buildup include:

4. What are the symptoms of CO poisoning?

Symptoms of CO poisoning vary depending on how much exposure to the gas a person has experienced:

5. What should I do if I witness or experience signs of CO poisoning?

If someone in your home is symptomatic,


6. What should you do if the CO alarm sounds?

If one or more of your home’s carbon monoxide alarms sound,

If you don’t have CO alarms installed in your home, get them TODAY – they could save your life!

7. How can I avoid CO problems in my home?

Your safety and comfort is always our #1 concern! If you have any questions about carbon monoxide or any other safety issues in your Pennsylvania home, contact Oehlert Bros. today – we’re always here for you!