Car exhaust fumes

Understanding Exhaust Fume Safety

Carbon monoxide is the silent killer that finds itself in the spotlight from time to time when it leaks into the wrong area and makes whole families very sick, or worse. There are a few sources of carbon monoxide that are most commonly responsible for causing problems, including the heater in your home and the car in your garage. Having your heater inspected annually and installing carbon monoxide testers in your house can reduce the risk at home, but what can you do for your car?

Use Proper Ventilation

One of the most common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning from cars is when people leave their cars warming up in their garages on a cold day. Carbon monoxide is one of the components of car exhaust and this exhaust can seep into your home when it builds up in the garage. Always leave the garage door open and the door between the house and the garage closed when warming up your car. This will provide proper ventilation to help keep the exhaust from building up.

Improve Airflow

Stagnant air is a problem when it comes to carbon monoxide. Keeping the air moving helps keep carbon monoxide from building up. It’s a good idea to keep your windows cracked whenever you can in your car, especially when you’re stuck in traffic. Although it seems like keeping the windows closed would keep the fumes from other cars out, carbon monoxide could still be leaking in. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, clear gas that is unrecognizable to the senses and a car with the windows rolled up is the perfect place for it to collect.

Get Annual Inspections

Another source of carbon monoxide in your vehicle could be from your own exhaust. If there is a leak anywhere in your exhaust system, it could allow fumes into the passenger compartment of your car. Having your exhaust system inspected annually for holes, rust, or other problems will help you avoid this. An inspection should also be done any time you bottom out from a pothole or running over debris in the road.

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10 Apr, 2019

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