The foremost line of defense against carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is a properly functioning and well-maintained house heater and water heater, a clean heater flue or chimney clear of obstructions, and a properly ventilated home. Typically, CO exposure is most dangerous in the wintertime when homes are tightly sealed and symptoms are oftentimes unrecognized or confused with the flu or other illnesses. More information about indoor home safety and carbon monoxide can be found at www.peco.com/safety.Now is the prime time to prepare for the impending heating season. Homeowners should get service for their home heater and add a fresh heater air filter to increase efficiency and save on operating costs. Customers also can take advantage of nice autumn days to weatherize their home:
- Clean air vents around the house
- Install storm windows and doors
- Check and freshen weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors
- Install sealers behind electrical outlets.