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When Carbon Monoxide gets too concentrated indoors it can be fatal. At 70 to 100 ppm CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, runny nose and blurred vision. At 150 to 300 ppm is can cause dizziness, and vomiting. At more than 400 ppm it can cause brain damage, unconsciousness and death. There are over 4,000 deaths in the U.S. annually that are directly attributed to Carbon Monoxide. More than 10,000 people succumb to varying degrees of Carbon Monoxide poisoning every year. Why? Because Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas and the body, when given the chance, will choose Carbon Monoxide over oxygen.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that every home should have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm. CPSC also urges consumers to have a professional inspection of all fuel- burning appliances -- including furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, clothes dryers, water heaters, and space heaters -- to detect deadly carbon monoxide leaks.
Turn the water heater off. If you have an electric water heater, turn the power off at the circuit breaker panel. If you have a gas water heater, turn the switch to pilot so that heat is off but the pilot remains lit.
Shut off the cold water intake valve. This is usually located on top of the water heater.
Open a hot water faucet in your home to vent the system and allow the tank to drain quicker.
Connect a garden hose to the drain valve near the bottom of the water heater tank. Run the hose outside, open the valve and begin draining the tank.
The tank will drain about a gallon per minute. After it drains for a while, fill a glass with water from the tank to check the sediment level.
After draining the tank, flush out the remaining dirt and debris. Close the hot water faucet that’s been running. Go back to the garage and turn on the supply valve in the water heater. Let the water run about 5 minutes and flush the tank through the garden hose.
Close the drain valve on the bottom of the tank and disconnect the hose. Once the tank fills up with water, turn the power or gas back on.
In January 30, 2008, the State of Colorado adopted stricter laws and regulations on Asbestos? There are sizeable fines levied for non-compliance of these regulations. The word Asbestos is derived from the Greek word meaning "inextinguishable". The Greeks considered Asbestos the Miracle Mineral because it was so soft and pliable and because it was heat resistant. Asbestos has been used commercially since the late 19th century because of its ability to resist heat, electricity and chemical change. Asbestos also has very high sound absorption and tensile strength characteristics. Inhalation of Asbestos can cause Mesothelioma (cancer caused from Asbestos) and Asbestosis (chronic inflammation).
Here are some little known facts about asbestos: Building materials being manufactured today still contain Asbestos! Buildings of ANY age may contain Asbestos. There are just a few Asbestos Containing Building Materials that were not banned. It is illegal to improperly disturb Asbestos-containing materials.
Some great information from the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance at Mesothelioma.com - a leading web resource for those affected by asbestos cancer. Mesothelioma Cancer. Another great resource is The Mesothelioma Center
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