A tip which saved my life and maybe yours. Our house was just a couple of years old when my husband accepted a job which required him to be out of town most weekdays. Our budget could allow either new mulch in the natural areas or a security system installed.
Excellent post! Carbon monoxide detectors are so inexpensive and you can get one you just plug into a socket. So easy and yet can save your life! Thanks for posting this great tip.
I bought one, along with some smoke detectors, as soon as we bought this house. I never got to meet one of my aunts because she died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a car; she was only 21. So I've been paranoid about CO poisoning ever since.
Good for you, having the presence of mind to go with the security/CO detector system, instead of the mulch. Glad to hear you're safe and sound!
I'm glad it all turned out well for you, and this is a good reminder. Thank you!
Thank you Sandy for this excellent post. We live in Florida, and so seldom need to use heat, but I don't think I want to use any at all without having a Carbon Monoxide Detector now. I don't even know that we need one, but your story has certainly made us aware of a potential threat, so I'm going to find out if we need it.
Thankfully, you had an alarm that woke you, but we've heard too many stories that didn't have such happy endings.
All the best to you, Julia in Boca Raton, FL
A carbon monoxide detector saved lives at my house also. My husband was in the hospital in Critical Condition and my step-son was in town along with 2 of my husbands sisters from Tennessee.
I got a call at the hospital from my sister-in-law saying there was a loud buzzing coming from the basement. My stepson went home to check it out. When he discovered that it was the carbon monoxide detector we called the gas company. They made everyone immediately leave the house and they opened all the windows and doors. They said that the safe level was 9 and the level they were getting was 84.
This was caused by birds that had fell down the chimney and clogged the exhaust exit from the furnace. Needless to say, there were some pretty crispy dead birds in the furnace system.
The gas man suggested putting a screen on the top of our chimney to prevent this from happening again. This happened in the early evening, so if my the out of town guests would have went to bed, they wouldn't have woke up. Thank goodness I invested in the carbon monoxide detector. As I recall it cost around $24 dollars and just installed like a smoke detector on the wall.
Be very careful about telling others your husband is gone weekdays. I live in Greensboro and a friend of mine posted on facebook that her husband was out of town and her house as broken into on that night. She was lucky enough to run out the side door, but never let anyone know you are alone for your own safety.
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