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Sources of Carbon Monoxide

February 6, 2013 by admin | Category: EducationalComments (0)

The list of CO sources could be very long, and there is always something to add to it. Basically, every time when carbon fuels are used, the products of combustion contain Carbon Monoxide. If products of combustion (fumes) find their way inside of the house, they will bring Carbon Monoxide along.

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A few examples of possible sources:

♦ Household appliances like gas  furnace, gas hot water heater, fireplace, kitchen range, cloth dryer. They burn natural gas, propane, heating oil, wood. A regular check ups only reduce chances of getting CO from heating appliances, but can not eliminate them completely.

♦ Even a burnt turkey in the oven or a burnt toast produces some CO. Though in this case Carbon Monoxide is not the biggest concern.

♦ Anything with engines — cars, bikes, power tools. Engines are so powerful sources of Carbon Monoxide that they may pollute air the house even when are used outdoor in the vicinity of the house. Sometimes all it takes is to live close to a busy intersection.

♦ In no cases cars, bikes, power tools with engines can be run inside of the house. Even if it’s only in garage and just to warm up. Absence of the door between the garage and the rest of the house makes almost no difference.

♦ If your house is not completely detached (semi-detached, row house, apartment) your can get Carbon Monoxide from your neighbour through the shared walls.

Quite often events that create unsafe condition are unpredictable and totally out of our control. Our only defense is a good alarm or several of them better yet.

Indoor levels of CO generally follow outdoor levels unless there is a problem inside of the hose. That is why when troubleshooting Carbon Monoxide instances, we want to know ELEVATION – i.e. how much the level of Carbon Monoxide inside exceeds the ambient level of CO.

Outdoor levels of CO below 1 ppm are usually found in rural an quiet suburb areas. In urban settings 50 ppm can be found on the streets with heavy traffic. Most of the time though levels varies between 1 to 10 ppm.

Only when elevated level of Carbon Monoxide is measured in the house, should we start investigating into the causes.

via CozyWorld

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