Keeping Your Home Safe

by Wendell Browne on July 23, 2010

About one week ago, a couple in one of our communities was found dead in their home. Local law enforcement officials were baffled as to their mysterious deaths. Today, it was reported that the husband and wife passed away due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Now, the first thing I always associate with carbon monoxide poisoning is an automobile. However, you may be surprised to learn that carbon monoxide poisoning is a very common occurrence in your home.

This type poisoning is not just limited to the winter months; it can also occur in the summer due to cooking, heating water, etc.

What is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. The compound is produced by incomplete combustion.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning. Certain groups such as infants, people with respiratory problems, and the elderly are more susceptible.

It is typically referred to as the “Silent Killer” because it is nearly undetectable without using a detector in your home.

As a homeowner, you will need a specific detector, not to be confused with a smoke detector. While there are dual type detectors made, you don’t want to fall into the trap of thinking that your smoke detector will protect you.

Doing a quick internet search, it appears that these units are available from $16 and up. Certainly, a small investment for the peace of mind for your family and friends.

So, the next time you shopping at your favorite hardware store, grab up one of the detectors for your home and better yet, pick up a second one for your elderly neighbor.

Keeping your home safe should be 1st priority.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tom Horn

Good post Wendell. Thanks for bringing to our attention that it just doesn’t occur during the winter months, and the fact it’s not just from automobiles. I did not know that. I will definatley be passing this info. along.


2 Wendell Browne

Thank you, Tom. Yes, do pass along to your friends and family.


3 Winfield Estate

Replace all exterior doors, including a door leading to a garage, with steel or solid core wood doors. Hollow core wood doors can be more easily kicked in by an intruder. Exterior doors should also have peepholes so you can see who is on the other side before you open it. Thanks.


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