Dipping Temps Mean Deadly Carbon Monoxide Looms, as Residents Burn Fuel to Heat Homes
As New Hampshire residents start turning on the heat to combat colder daytime and evening temperatures, fire departments and emergency responders expect an uptick in calls for help related to carbon monoxide exposure. To educate citizens about the elevated risks associated with carbon monoxide in colder weather, State Fire Marshal Paul J. Parisi and The New Hampshire/Vermont CO Alliance are committed to putting this issue at the forefront throughout November, which has been recognized as Carbon Monoxide Awareness month in our state since 2010.
Marshal Parisi wants to remind residents that, as people spend more time indoors and the heating season begins, it is important to realize carbon monoxide poisoning is a deadly threat within your home and is particularly dangerous because we cannot see, smell or taste it.
“Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is created whenever a fossil fuel such as oil, wood, gas, charcoal or kerosene is burned. These are all commonly used within heating systems in our region and as winter approaches, our use of them increases. These factors raise potential for dangerous levels of carbon monoxide to build up in our homes. Basically, when people breathe in the carbon monoxide gas it replaces oxygen in the body and can suffocate you before you realize what is happening,” says Marshal Parisi.
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Nationwide, hundreds of people die accidentally every year from CO poisoning, often caused by malfunctioning or improperly used fuel-burning furnaces or appliances. Marshal Parisi advises, “Install a battery-operated or battery-backup carbon monoxide detector (CMD) in your home, whether you live in a single-family home, multi-unit dwelling, or a rental unit. You want to make sure they are installed outside each bedroom, and on each floor including the basement because over a third of CO-related fatalities happen when victims are asleep.”
Last year, emergency services personnel responded to 1,100 incidents in New Hampshire where carbon monoxide was a threat. With temperatures falling around the state, earlier this week at least two fire departments were called to properties due to carbon monoxide, including Keene and Rindge. In neighboring Massachusetts, there was a carbon monoxide fatality less than two weeks ago (Oct. 18, 2018), which may be related to a home heating system.
These incidents underscore the importance of CO alarms. Symptoms of CO poisoning can mimic viruses such as cold or flu and may include headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, and confusion.
“Do not ignore symptoms, particularly if more than one person is feeling them. Marshal Parisi warns, “If you suspect CO poisoning, get outside to fresh air immediately, and then call 9-1-1.”
July 2, 2018: Press Release
It is hard to think about heating fuel on one of the hottest days of the year, but this Sunday marked an important milestone.
On July 1, Vermont and the rest of the Northeast switched to ultra-low sulfur heating oil.
As part of the 2011 Energy Act signed into law by then Governor Shumlin, the “Clean and Green Oilheat Initiative” mandated Ultra-Low Sulfur Heating Oil with an implementation date of July 1, 2018. The rest of New England, New York and New Jersey also adopted the same 15 parts-per-million (ppm) standard.
Why this matters. Ultra Low Sulfur Heating Oil (ULSHO) will reduce particulate emissions, including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. ULSHO cuts 99 percent of sulfur dioxide emissions, 97 percent of airborne emissions, and 30 percent of NOx emissions compared to regular heating oil. Emissions from this cleaner heating oil are the equivalent of natural gas, according to research conducted at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Heating clean also save money. Boilers and furnaces operate more efficiently when running ULSHO, because the fuel produces 90 percent less ash and 40 times less soot than regular heating oil. This means more heat stays in your house and less goes up your chimney. Cleaner fuel also result in fewer deposits on the heat exchanger, which prolongs the life of oilheat equipment with fewer costly repairs. This clean fuel can also be blended with renewable biodiesel and used with existing equipment and fuel storage tanks. And when blended with renewable biodiesel, ULSHO has fewer greenhouse gas emissions than most other heating fuels, including natural gas.
More than half of Vermont homes and businesses choose oilheat to keep them safe and warm. Vermont’s new clean fuel standards will help save money and protect the environment.
More about ULSHO can be found at heatcleanvt.com.
IT’S THE KEN COTA GIFT OF WARMTH, HELP CREATE SOME GOOD IN THE HOOD!
WTSA and Cota and Cota are once again giving away 100 Gallons of Fuel Oil or Propane Gas to someone in our community. We are looking for your help to pay this forward. Tell us about someone you know, a friend, a neighbor, a coworker,a family member or someone in your community that you know needs some help.
Submit the person you think could use a little help this winter season and why to us before noon on Tuesday 12/22.
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Send us a private message on facebook at 96.7 wtsa fm.Mail us at WTSA, P.O.Box 819, Putney road Brattleboro VT
Or stop by and give us your message. All submissions will be strictly confidential. On Friday, December 22nd at 8:15am, Casey Cota from Cota and Cota will stop by the studio and help announce who will receive this generous gift.
All the details online at wtsa.net. In the spirit of giving back to our community please help us to pay it forward and create some “Good in the ‘Hood” with The Ken Cota Gift of Warmth from Cota & Cota and 96.7 TSA-FM!
• REPLACE BATTERIES
This includes your thermostats, smoke & carbon monoxide detectors. These should all be changed annually.
• CLEAN & CLEAR RADIATORS
Check that your radiators are open, not blocked by furniture, and not filled with dust or pet hair.
• SECURE DOORS & WINDOWS
Seal drafts around windows and doors. Your chimney can also be a source of heat loss. Make it a habit to shut the flue after the fireplace has cooled.
• CHECK FILL PIPE & VENTS
Large amounts of snow and ice can block our ability to deliver as well as create a danger for your health. Consider snow-blowing a path to your fill pipe and check that outside vents are clear of snow after storms.
• DE-CLUTTER YOUR HEATING SPACE
Clean up the space near your heating system, make sure it hasn’t become crowded over the summer months.
We’re available 24/7 for all your heating needs – stay safe & warm this winter. Quality service you can depend on in every season. (888) COTA-OIL
Chip started as a plumber’s apprentice and a delivery driver in the winter. Chip’s can-do attitude always makes the workday enjoyable. His versatility quickly made him an asset to many different departments. Chip’s ability to complete anything from plumbing projects to heating installation projects to deliveries to construction projects allowed the company to grow. Now doing heating estimates, Chip has added great knowledge and commitment to this department.
With Chip’s timely dry humor he keeps his coworkers on their toes. And his good-hearted nature helps make the work place an enjoyable place to be.
From the early days of meeting Wayne, I knew he was about making quality his top priority. He is always great at teaching people new skills and helping others problem solve. Wayne’s knowledge in both oil and propane service has helped to make Cota & Cota the company that it is today by setting the standard for quality. Wayne’s ability to help with a problem day or night shows not only his commitment to his fellow employees but also to his craft.
Over time, Wayne has evolved just like Chip by moving from service tech to field supervisor to estimator to his current position of service dispatch and scheduling at the Creamery, where he took over for Lou Tomberg. Wayne has taken on every new task with wanting to be the best he can be at it and for that we thank him.
Chip and Wayne, thank you for all you have done and will continue to do, to make Cota & Cota the leader in the heating industry, but more importantly, making others around you better.
– Casey, Chris, Kelley
Don’t let the warm weather fool you – Fall is on it’s way!
Since 1941 we’ve provided quality heating fuels & service for families and their homes. Take a look at the Farmer’s Almanac 2018 Outlook below and decide for yourself what may be in store for us this Fall & Winter!
We’re thrilled to have been a part of these pop-up galleries with other organizations & businesses focused on strengthening the Manchester community!
They opened in July, 2017 at several locations in Manchester, VT. Click here for the locations.
Cota & Cota team: Casey Cota, Kelley Tully, Daphne Van Schaik & Dave Moore.
You may know us as Cota & Cota Oil but we also have all your PROPANE needs covered in every season, including grilling season!
Bring your 20 lb. gas grill tank in to any Cota & Cota office to exchange it for a full tank. Please allow 24 hours to refill your own tank. **Call your local office for pricing.
Can you spot the heating vent in this photo?
A reminder of the dangers during and after winter snow storms.
It’s important to keep your furnace vents, intake valves and chimneys free of ice & snow. Take the time to clear around them so wind doesn’t cover them up overnight or while you’re away.
Blocked vents can cause carbon monoxide to build up in your home & cause carbon monoxide poisoning or death.
Also check that your carbon monoxide detector has working batteries.
With more snow on the way this weekend make sure generators are shoveled out & their vents are cleared in case of a power outage.
Other steps to protect your home:
In 2016 we celebrated 75 years in business! Every year we enjoy being involved in our community, helping our neighbors in need & helping others “Pay It Forward” with our annual Ken Cota – Gift of Warmth during the holidays. This year though, was very special to us and as a thank you to our many loyal customers and caring communities we gave away a new high efficiency heating system, three gifts of warmth, and partnered up with Oil Heat Cares to help a family in need.
Lucky winners from Brattleboro, Saxtons River, and Manchester mixers were all provided with a chance to “Pay It Forward” to an individual or organization in need in their community. One gift of warmth decision really represents the kind of Vermont roots that fuels our family business.
Longtime Bellows Falls business owner, Ray Massuco, won the Saxtons River gift of warmth and within seconds knew a deserving organization only a few blocks from our office in Bellows Falls that he would be thrilled to see 100 gallons of heating oil donated to. The Bellows Falls Community Bike Projects’ mission is to provide community access to reclaimed bicycles and bike repair skills, encouraging safe bicycling as a means of affordable transportation, self sufficiency and overall wellness. With only two paid employees and the rest dedicated volunteers Ray said they could certainly use a little help in the new year with heating their building.
Every Vermont winter brings different challenges and obstacles for families and businesses. This year we made a service call to a local elderly couples’ home to look at their boiler. Unfortunately it was cracked, they had no way to afford a new one and admitted to already going over a month without hot water. We then talked to Oil Heat Cares and developed a solution to help provide this family with a new heater to last them the next 30-40 years.
They covered half of the cost and we took care of the remaining. While we were there our techs and plumbers noticed the stairs to the basement needed to be replaced, so they worked together and built a new, safer staircase for this family. We are very thankful to have been a part of this group effort and proud of our caring employees that go the extra step for our customers. This generosity has helped us reach the 75 year milestone.
Our 75 year heating system giveaway was gifted to a very deserving family in the Upper Valley.
Phil & Liz Edson own a New & Used Furniture store in the Upper Valley. Facing the need to replace their old heating system soon or replace the aging roof on their home/business, they were relieved to receive our call and excited that they’d be receiving a high efficiency Energy Kinetics System 2000.