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The Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Your Home

The Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Your Home

Colder months bring higher risk of Carbon Monoxide leaks.

Sioux Falls, SD—During colder months, furnaces turn on, which can increase the risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. However, that’s not the only place Carbon Monoxide or “CO” can build. Macurco wants to remind you to make sure your CO monitor is working correctly and encourage those who do not have one installed to think twice.

“With no way of knowing the presence of Carbon Monoxide, the only true defense is the installation of a Carbon Monoxide monitor. Your home is meant to be a safe haven for the things you care about the most in life. Don’t let the silent killer be the cause of an unwanted accident.” said Branden Dewing, National Sales Manager.

CO (Carbon Monoxide) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless toxic gas formed by the incomplete combustion of carbon compounds like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, kerosene, oil, and other heating gases. There are multiple places in the home where Carbon Monoxide can build. (See Diagram below)

Carbon Monoxide is often referred to as the “silent killer” because you cannot see it or smell so it can sneak up on you, therefore a monitor being instrumental in the detection of CO. Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning include headaches, dizziness, vomiting which can often be mistaken for other flu-like illnesses. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas responsible for hundreds of deaths and numerous non-fatal poisonings each year in the United States. The majority (66%) of these deaths occurred in the home. CO poisoning is also the leading cause of unintentional poisoning deaths in the United States.

Protect yourself and your loved ones, and be sure to double-check your Carbon Monoxide monitors. If you have a Macurco CM-E1 Carbon Monoxide monitor installed, the unit is effective up to 10 years and will have an end-of-life notification when it needs replacing, at which time an amber light will flash on the monitor. To ensure your CM-E1 Carbon Monoxide monitor is working correctly, Macurco provides a field test gas (CME1-FTG) for testing purposes.

For more information on Carbon Monoxide, our products, or general gas detection questions, please visit our training page, email us at [email protected], or call 877-367-7891.

About Macurco Gas Detection

Macurco Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures a complete set of fixed and portable gas detection monitors to protect workers, responders, and the community. Macurco has over 50 years of proven gas detection experience in residential, commercial, and industrial gas monitoring. Macurco gas detection systems (HVAC, Fire & Security, AimSafety, and TracXP) are widely recognized by distributors and users for their high performance and consistent reliability.

Macurco is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Learn more at

For more information about Macurco products, applications, or gases, please get in touch with Macurco at 877-367-7891 or email us at [email protected].

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