CenterPoint Offers Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

CenterPoint Offers Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is colorless, odorless, tasteless and non-irritating.
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Releas)-- Cold weather is coming and CenterPoint Energy encourages natural gas customers to follow important safety tips to keep them safe from carbon monoxide poisoning this heating season.

Any fuel-burning equipment or appliance including wood stoves, fireplaces, space heaters, barbecue grills, furnaces, water heaters, boilers and ranges has the potential to produce carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is colorless, odorless, tasteless and non-irritating.

When breathed, CO combines with the blood and prevents it from absorbing oxygen. Carbon monoxide can be produced by incomplete combustion, often the result of improperly adjusted or poorly-vented appliances. Annual check-ups of these appliances help ensure proper and safe operation. To prevent CO buildup:
  • Have your heating system checked annually prior to heating season by a qualified heating and air conditioning technician.
  • Follow manufacturers' operating instructions properly for gas heating equipment.
  • Do not use stovetop burners or ovens to heat a room since they are not designed for this use.
  • Make sure to follow the blue flame rule. Natural gas flames should burn blue except natural gas fireplace logs which burn orange to have a more realistic wood-burning look.
  • Crack windows slightly if using unvented space heaters.
  • Consider buying a CO detector as another line of defense against CO poisoning. CenterPoint Energy recommends buying one with an audible alarm and continuous digital display; make sure it is tested to the national standard for residential CO detectors (UL2034 or IAS NO. 6-96).
If you are in a room with operating gas equipment and experience a headache, followed by dizziness and nausea, you may be experiencing CO poisoning.

Get fresh air immediately, and call CenterPoint Energy at 800-992-7552.

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