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PSA: Carbon Monoxide, The Silent Killer

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In light of increasing public safety concerns, residents of San Tan Valley need to be vigilant against a pervasive and deadly household threat – Carbon Monoxide (CO), often dubbed the "Silent Killer".

Why is Carbon Monoxide Dangerous?
Carbon Monoxide is particularly insidious because it's odorless and colorless, making it nearly impossible to detect without the aid of a device. This gas is dangerous, as it efficiently binds to the hemoglobin in your red blood cells, hindering the transportation of oxygen throughout your body. Without immediate treatment, CO poisoning can be fatal.

Common Sources in Homes
Various everyday household equipment and activities contribute to the unintentional production of Carbon Monoxide:

  • Natural Gas Appliances: Furnaces, water heaters, stoves, ovens, and fireplaces that run on natural gas are potential CO sources. Faulty or inadequately ventilated appliances can emit this dangerous gas into your living space.
  • Coal or Wood Burning Devices: Activities involving the combustion of coal or wood, like using barbeques, fireplaces, or fire pits, can also produce Carbon Monoxide.
  • Running Vehicle Engines: Leaving a vehicle running in an attached garage, even with the garage door open, can allow CO to leak into the home.

The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Given the stealthy nature of this gas, having at least one Carbon Monoxide detector in your home is non-negotiable if your home features any of the above-mentioned equipment or if you engage in related activities. These detectors are designed to alert occupants at the earliest, allowing crucial time for evacuation and mitigation.

Golf Cart Owners Take Note
For residents who own and charge golf carts, it's important to note that charging the vehicle's batteries can generate Hydrogen gas. Although not Carbon Monoxide, Hydrogen gas can trigger your CO detectors. Ensure that you are charging these batteries in well-ventilated areas to avoid unnecessary alarms and to maintain a safe environment.

Stay Safe, San Tan Valley!
In conclusion, awareness and proactive measures are the first line of defense against the silent killer that is Carbon Monoxide. Invest in quality CO detectors and place them strategically in your home, especially near bedrooms and living areas. Regularly test and replace batteries in your detectors, and always respond promptly to alarms.

By safeguarding your home and staying informed, you contribute significantly to ensuring not just your safety, but the wellbeing of the broader San Tan Valley community. Let's protect ourselves and each other from this silent, invisible threat. Stay safe!
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