New seasons come with a variety of to-dos like maintaining your appliances, checking your carbon monoxide detectors and preparing for winter weather. Here are a few things to add to your winter to-do list.Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
There are simple ways you can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Buy and install carbon monoxide detectors on every level and every room where someone sleeps
- Test your carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries and/or detectors as needed.
- Have qualified professionals check that your fuel-burning appliances are installed, adjusted and operating properly
Carbon monoxide poisoning may resemble flu-like symptoms including headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, irregular breathing or feeling ill.
If your carbon monoxide detector alarm sounds and/or you are experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, leave the area to get to fresh air and immediately call 911.
Proper venting and winter maintenance
Operating a natural gas appliance without a sufficient supply of fresh air or without the exhaust of combustion gas can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure you do the following:
- Have a qualified professional check your natural gas appliance venting.
- Clear any snow from your chimney, air supply, intake, exhaust and/or make-up air vents.
- Don’t forget to keep your meter visible at all times so it is accessible for maintenance or in the event of an emergency. You can clear it gently with a broom.
Preparing for winter weather
Winter weather, like flooding after a snowy day, can cause damage to your natural gas lines and appliances. A qualified professional should check, clean, repair and test all gas appliances and pipes impacted by flooding.
In the event of a flood:
- Turn off electrical power to each appliance and leave it off
- Shut off the natural gas supply valve to the appliance
- If the natural gas is shut off at the meter or water levels were high enough to cover the gas meter, do not try to turn it back on. Call us at 1-888-460-4332 to check the meter and regulator before using your gas appliances.