Oil Heaters & Carbon Monoxide

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Oil heaters are one of many home heating options available to replace or enhance natural gas heat. As with any heating method, there are dangers that need to be weighed, as well as preventative measures to be taken in order to ensure a home that is both warm and safe.

Oil Heaters

  • Oil heaters are generally hollow, made of steel and filled with oil that is heated by a heating element inside the frame. As the oil heats, hot air rises from the fins of the frame.

Efficiency

  • Oil heaters take a long time to heat up and continue to generate heat after they've been turned off until the oil cools.

Carbon Monoxide

  • Carbon monoxide can be produced by any heating device, including oil heaters.

Maintenance

  • An oil heater that has not been used over the warmer months should be inspected by a maintenance person before it is used.

Prevention

  • A carbon monoxide detector should be installed in the same room where the oil heating device is to be used.

Symptoms of Carbon Dioxide Poisoning

  • Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide can result in dizziness, headache, weakness, confusion, and can ultimately lead to death. If carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected, leave the area immediately and contact the local gas company.

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