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Keeping your family safe from the ‘silent killer’ as winter approaches


Hundreds of people are killed every year from carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s called the silent killer.

“You can’t smell it or hear it or even see it. It’s a deadly gas that everybody needs to be aware of,” said James Williams, TAP Weatherization project manager.

With winter approaching it’s important to have a carbon monoxide detector installed if you have gas heat or appliances.
While performing an audit on a home, Williams once found a family was breathing in dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

“The family was feeling sick, very ill, and the kids were feeling weak. That was one of the causes of CO in the home. The level was so high,” Williams said.

If Williams and his team hadn’t detected the carbon monoxide, the family could have died.

Here’s some tips to keep in mind. Make sure you maintain your carbon monoxide detector at all times. If you hear a chirping noise, that means the battery needs to be changed. Williams says the light on your carbon monoxide detector should be on at all times.

To have your home audited by TAP Weatherization you must meet income requirements. You can’t just call them up and ask for a CO detector. But, you can find them at many stores. Williams suggests you put lithium batteries in those detectors.

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