If You Have a Carbon Monoxide Leak in Your Home Does It Cause a Black Residue on Items in the House?

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You may have heard that, if you have a carbon monoxide leak in your home, it will leave a black residue on the items in the house. Find out if carbon monoxide leaves a black residue on your things with help from a certified firefighter in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Gabriel Williams. I'm a certified firefighter in the state of Illinois. Today, we're going to talk about, "Will carbon monoxide gas leaks in your home cause black soot or residue on your furniture in your home?" The answer to this question, in short, is no. Carbon monoxide won't cause any sort of black soot or residue on the furniture in your home. As a matter of fact, carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas. You won't see it at all, you won't smell it at all. That's why it's one of the most dangerous things that can be in our homes today. Because of this, it's important to make sure that you have a CO, or a carbon monoxide detector in your home - maybe not just one. Maybe have one on each level of your home, especially in your basement or near your furnace, hot water heater, and dryer. Those are some of the most common appliances where carbon monoxide leaks begin in our homes. Now, if you start experiencing some of the symptoms of carbon monoxide, like dizziness, weakness, headache, nausea, or vomiting, make sure to get out of your house to a fresh air area as quickly as possible, and call 911 for them to come and check your home for carbon monoxide. Things like black soot in your home are generally caused by smoke, whether you have a fireplace or an oil burning furnace, of if you burn a lot of candles in your home, these can cause soot or black buildup on sometimes on your furniture, or around the doorways where the door is closed - sometimes you'll see soot there - or, at the carpet at the edge of your walls. This is caused by where the air moves in your home - cause buildup of this type of soot and residue in those areas, like at the edges of walls and doorways, or sometimes just on furniture where we don't dust regularly are places where you'll notice that most often. But, carbon monoxide will not leave soot or black residue. It's a silent, deadly killer. Remember: Colorless and odorless. So, make sure that you're protected by a carbon monoxide detector. That's the best way to survive. I'm Gabriel Williams, and we've been talking about, "Will carbon monoxide cause black residue or soot on my furniture?"


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