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The Hidden Killer: Carbon Monoxide

How to keep your home safe

Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “Invisible Killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. More than 500 people die every year in the Unites States from accidental non-fire-related CO poisoning associated with consumer products, including generators.

Because it is not a sudden event or the result of an accident, homeowner’s insurance normally does not pay for damages or for mitigation costs. If a third party is injured from CO while on your premises, you may have coverage. Call our office for a review of your homeowner’s insurance coverage.

Sources of carbon monoxide include

  • Oil and gas furnaces and water heaters
  • Wood and gas fireplaces
  • Gas appliances
  • Gas or kerosene space heaters
  • Wood stoves
  • Generators

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Mental confusion
  • Vomiting

The National Fire Prevention Association has provided a few CO prevention tips. Click HERE.

At Allen & Furr Insurance & Wealth Management, our personal insurance products provide our customers with protection for their homes, automobiles and personal possessions, along with personal liability coverages.