If you’re a brand new homeowner, there’s a serious, life-threatening danger that you should be aware of that’s commonly associated with homes. That danger is carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. It’s a colorless, odorless gas that can easily show up in any home. CO is produced when there is incomplete combustion of fuels, so it could be present around wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, water heaters, or really any kind of appliance or device that burns fuel. In high concentrations, it can be deadly in a matter of minutes.
In order to protect yourself, your family, or your tenants from this serious danger, it’s important to ensure that there are properly functioning carbon monoxide detectors installed on every floor of the building. Make it a routine to test these detectors regularly. On top of that, be sure to have chimneys or other fuel-burning appliances tested regularly to avoid the potential of these things producing carbon monoxide in the first place.