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Facts about Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless and odorless toxic gas that is a product of incomplete combustion. When CO is introduced to the bloodstream through the lungs, it is accepted in place of oxygen at a rate of 300:1 and literally suffocates its victim. Since CO is an accumulative and direct reacting toxin, it can be dangerous even at low levels over longer periods of time. The harmful effects of CO inhalation depends on the following factors:

  1. Concentration of CO in the air.
  2. Length of time exposed to CO gas.
  3. The health, age, sex and size of the individual being exposed.

    The following
    chart shows the maximum allowable exposure limits and

    symptoms developed
    for CO inhalation.

Concentration of CO in air: Inhalation times and toxic symptons:
9 ppm The maximum allowable concentration for short term exposure in a living area according to ASHRAE.
35 ppm The maximum allowable concentration for continuous exposure in any eight hour period, according to federal law.
200 ppm* Maximum concentration allowable at any time according to OSHA. Slight headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea after 2-3 hours.
400 ppm Frontal headaches within 1-2 hours, life threatening after 3 hours. Maximum allowable limit in flue gas according to EPA and AGA.
800 ppm Dizziness, nausea and convulsions within 45 minutes. Unconsciousness within 2 hours.
Death within 2-3 hours.
1,600 ppm Headache, dizziness and nausea within 20 minutes.
Death in 1 hour.
3,200 ppm Headache, dizziness and nausea within 5-10 minutes. Death within 30 minutes.
6,400 ppm Headache, dizziness and nausea within 1-3 minutes. Death within 10-15 minutes.
12,800 ppm Death within 1-3 minutes.

* Exposure to this concentration and higher, the ellects can vary depending on size, age, sex and heatth. Source: UEI and Kane-May.


Quality Inspection Service is not liable for the complete accuracy of this information.


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Well Testing

Yates Well Service: 259-2636
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Bill Selecki: 247-1201


Radon Mitigation

Cory Lindbo: 263-4915



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Bonds Excavation: 259-3600

Important Propane Safety


Information was provided with permision from Propane Education & Research Council, for latest updates on safety please visit PERC’s
Please read and follow the safety rules. Share this information with your family to help keep everyone safe and to reduce the risk of serious and potentially fatal injury, fire, or explosion.


If you smell gas

1. NO FLAMES OR SPARKS! Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire.

2. LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY! Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.

3. SHUT OFF THE GAS. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).

4. REPORT THE LEAK. From a neighbor’s home or other nearby building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away. If you can ‘t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.

5. DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING OR AREA until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.

6. GET YOUR SYSTEM CHECKED. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified
service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.


Can you smell it?

Propane smells like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal. Some people may have difficulty smelling propane due to their age (older people may have a less sensitive sense of smell); a medical condition; or the effects of medication, alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.

ODOR LOSS. On rare occasions, propane can lose its odor. Several things can cause this including:

• The presence of air, water, or rust in a propane tank or cylinder

• The passage of leaking propane through the soil

Since there is a possibility of odor loss or problems with your sense of smell, you should respond immediately to even a faint odor of gas.


Propane gas detectors

Under some circumstances, you may not smell a propane leak. Propane gas detectors sound an alarm if they sense propane in the air. They can provide an additional measure of security. You should consider the purchase of one or more detectors for your home.

GUIDELINES regarding propane gas detectors:

• Buy only units th at are listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding installation and maintenance.

• Never ignore the smell of propane, even if no detector is sounding an alarm.


Carbon monoxide and your safety

WHAT IS CARBON MONOXIDE (CO)? You can’t taste or smell CO, but it is a very dangerous gas, produced when any fuel burns. High levels of CO can come from appliances that are not operating correctly, or from a vent ing system or chimney that becomes blocked.

CO CAN BE DEADLY! High levels of CO can make you dizzy or sick (see below). In extreme cases, CO can cause brain damage or death.

Symptoms of CO poisoning include:

• Headache

• Dizziness

• Fatigue

• Shortness of breath

• Nausea


If you suspect CO is present, act immediately!

1. If you or a family member shows physical symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the building and call 911 or your local fire department.

2. If it is safe to do so , open windows to allow entry of fresh air, and turn off any appliances you suspect may be releasing CO.

3. If no one has symptoms, but you suspect that CO is present, call your propane retailer or a qualified service technician to check CO levels and your propane equipment.


• Have a qualified serv ice technician check your propane appliances and related venting systems annually, preferably before the heating season begins.

• Install UL-listed CO detectors on every level of your home.

• Never use a gas oven or range-top burners to provide space heating.

• Never use portable heaters indoors unless they are designed and approved for indoor use.

• Never use a barbecue grill (propane or charcoal) indoors for cooking or heating.

• Regularly check your appliance exhaust
vents for blockage .


• Sooting, especially on appliances and vents.

• Unfamiliar or burning odor

• Increased moisture inside of windows

What is propane?

Propane (also called LPG -liquefied petroleum gas-or LPgas) is a liquid fuel stored under pressure. In most systems, propane isvaporized toa gas before it leaves the tank. Propane is flammable when mixed with air (oxygen) and can be ignited by many sources, including open flames, smoking materials, electrical sparks, and static electricity. Severe freeze burn or frostbite can result if propane liquid comes incontact with your skin.

Lighting pilot lights

IF A PILOT LIGHT REPEATEDLY GOES OUT or is very difficult to light, there may be a safety problem. DO NOT try to fix the problem yourself. It is strongly recom mended that only a QUALIFIED SERVICE TECHNICIAN light any pilot light that has gone out. YOU ARE TAKING THE RISK of starting a fire or an explosion if you light a pilot light yourself. Carefully follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings concerning the appliance before attempting to light the pilot.

Appliance maintenance

LEAVE IT TO THE EXPERTS. Only a qualified service technician has the tra ining to install , inspect, serv ice , maintain, and repair your appliances. Have your appliances and propane system inspected just before the start of each heating season.

HELP YOUR APPLIANCES “BREATHE.” Check the vents of your appliances to b~ sure that flue gases can flow easily to the , outdoors; clea r away any insect or bird nests or oth er debris. Also , clea r the area around your appliances so plenty of air can reach the burner fo r proper combustion.

DO NOT TRY TO MODIFY OR REPAIR valves , regulators, connectors, controls, or other appliance and cyl inder/tank parts. Doing so creates the risk of a gas leak that can result in property damage, serious, injury, or death.

HAVE OLDER APPLIANCE CONNECTORS INSPECTED. Certain older appliance connectors may crack or break, causing a gas leak. If you have an appliance that is more than 20 years old, have a qualified service technician inspect the connector. Do not do t his yourse lf, as movement of the appliance might damage the connector andcause a leak.


The pilot light on your propane appliance can ignite vapors from gasoline, paint thinners, and other flammable liquids. Be sure to store and use flammable liquids outdoors or in an area of the building con taining no propane appliances.

If you cannot operate any part of your propane system, or if you think an appliance or other device is not working properly, call your propane retailer or a qualified service technician for assistance.

Running out of gas


• If an appliance valve or a gas line is left/ open, a leak could occur when the system is recharged with propane.

• If your propane tank runs out of gas, any pilot lights on your appliances will go out. This can be extremely dangerous.

• A LEAK CHECK IS REQUIRED. In many states , a propane retailer or a qualified service technician must perform a leak check of your propane system before turning on the gas.

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