1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

July 2, 2009

Fetal Damage from Low CO Levels

This is huge! A recently released UCLA study has shown that levels of  of carbon monoxide cause damage to fetal rats at much lower levels than was previously thought to be dangerous.  For more information – here is the link: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/ucla-study-uncovers-how-chronic-94824.aspx

May 26, 2008

:147 Water Heater Flue

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:147 EcoTip: Make sure your gas water heater is properly vented. Over time the flue vent pipes can rust out or get knocked loose. Its important that your water heater be vented according to code and the manufacturers instructions.

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This water heaters flue pipe got knocked loose so that it was venting carbon monoxide into the living space.

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Additional Information

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 Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas which at high levels can cause serious illness and death. CO alarms are widely available and should be considered a back-up to BUT NOT A REPLACEMENT for proper installation, use, and maintenance of fuel-burning appliances. CO alarms are designed to warn you of any unusual build-up of CO in your home.  – EPA

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