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News Outlook November 08, 2012 -9 Your Hometown Newspaper GENERAL NEWS Safe Home Heating: Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Hazards It's so easy ... so auto- matic ... that people just don't think about it. Every year, when the weather turns cold, homeowners' reach for household ther- mostats, flip a switch to turn on the heat and set the temperature to 68 or 70 degrees. Little thought is given to whether the furnace exhaust system - the chimney and con- nector pipe - is ready to provide safe, effective service. Consumer confi- dence in the convenience and safety of today's home heating systems is usually well-placed. The oil and gas heating indus- tries have achieved im- pressive safety records. Nonetheless, over 200 people across the nation are known to die each year from carbon monox- ide poisoning caused by problems in the venting - out of their homes - of toxic gases produced by their heating systems. This is according to statis- tics compiled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Other agen- cies estimate actual num- bers at between 2,000 and 4,000. In addition, around 10,000 cases of carbon monoxide-related "injuries" are diagnosed each year. Because the symptoms of prolonged, low-level carbon monox- ide poisoning "mimic" the symptoms of common winter aliments (head- aches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and even seasonal depression), many cases are not detected until per- manent, subtle damage to the brain, heart and other organs and tissues has occurred. The difficulty of diagnosis also means the numbers of people af- fected may be even high- er. FortunatelY, regular .... chimney system inspec- tion and maintenance can prevent poisoning inci- dents like these. What Carbon Monox- ide Does to You Too much carbon mon- oxide in your blood will kill you. Most of us know to try to avoid this. Less , well known is the fact that low-level exposure to this gas also endangers your health. One of the truths of our human bodies is that, given a choice be- tween carbon monoxide and oxygen, the protein hemoglobin in our blood will always latch on to car- bon monoxide and ignore the life-giving oxygen. Because of this natural chemical affinity, our bod- ies - in effect - replace oxygen with carbon mon- oxide in our bloodstream, causing greater or lesser levels of cell suffocation depending on the inten- sity and duration of expo- sure. The side-effects that can result from this low- level exposure include permanent organ and brain damage. Infants and the elderly are more susceptible than healthy adults, as are those with anemia or heart disease. The symptoms of low- level carbon monoxide poisoning are so .easily mistaken for those of the common cold, flu or ex- haustion, that proper di- agnosis can be delayed. Because of this, be sure to see you physician about persistent, flu-like symp- toms, chronic fatigue or generalized depression. If blood levels of carbon monoxide are found to be high, treatment is impor- tant. Meanwhile, it makes good sense to put heating system inspection and maintenance on your an- nual get-ready-for winter list. Prevention is the best cure. Causes of Heating Sys- tem Problems " Why is poisoning from carbon monoxide on the rise? And why does it stem primarily from home heat- ing systems that - at first glance - seem the same as those that have been used safely for years? Today's houses are more air-tight. Homeown- ers are aware of the cost of heating drafty homes and have taken steps to seal up windows, doors and other areas of air in- filtration. Consequently, there is less fresh air com- ing into a home and not as many pathways for stale or polluted air to leave it. And, when furnaces and boilers are starved of the .Ie)xygen eeded to burn fuels completely, carbon monoxide is produced. Manufacturers have designed new, high-tech- nology heating appliances whose greater efficiency helps us save money, con- serve natural resources and decrease environ- mental pollution. How- ever, the new breed of high-efficiency gas and oil furnaces - when hooked up to existing chimney flues - often does not per- form at an optimum level. The differences in perfor- mance create conditions that allow toxic gases to more easily enter home living spaces. The above conditions point out a number of older, ongoing problems that still require detection and correction in order to prevent toxic gases from filtering into the house. These include damaged or deteriorating flue lin- ers, soot build-up, debris clogging the passageway, and animal or bird nests obstructing chimney flues. Caring for Your Chim- neys & Flues When gas and oil burn in vented heating sys- tems - in order to pro- duce household heat - the dangerous fumes that are by-products of combustion range from soot (particulate matter) to nitrogen dioxide (also toxic) to acidic water va- pors formed when mois- ture condenses. None of these pollutants should be allowed to leak from the chimney into your liv- ing space. In addition to carrying off toxic gases, chimneys also create the draft (flow of air) that pro- vides the proper air and fuel mixture for efficient operation of the heating appliance - whether a furnace or boiler. Unfor- tunately, many chimneys in daily use in homes throughout the country either are improperly sized or have conditions that make them unable to perform their intended function. Problems to Avoid Oil and gas furnaces have distinct burning characteristics and pro- duce different combus- tion by-products. How- ever, the chimneys and connector pipes that serve them share com- mon problems. Both sys- tems are subject to weath- ering, animal invasions, deterioration and rust-out and the accumulation of nest materials and debris. Both require regular care and maintenance. Oil: Oil flues need to be cleaned and inspected an- nually because deposits of soot may build up on the interior wall of the chim- ney liner. The amount of soot depends on how well-tuned the furnace is and whether the house provides sufficient air for combustion. Excessive soot causes problems that range from chimney fires ... to flue deterioration ... to chimney blockages that direct toxic fumes back into the house and cause inefficient furnace operation. Gas: Natural gas is a clean- burning fuel, but today's high-efficiency gas fur- naces pose a special problem. The fumes they produce are cooler and contain high levels of wa- HOUSE FOR SALE ter vapor, which are more likely to cause conden- sation than older mod- els. Since these vapors also contain chlorides picked up from house- supplied combustion air, the flues are subjected to more corrosive condi- tions than before. Even worse, many gas appli- ances today use chim- neys that once served oil furnaces. If the liners of these chimneys are made of terra cotta (fired clay commonly used in chim- ney construction), bits and pieces of them slowly flake off under corrosive conditions. The combina- tion of water-laden gas vapors available to mix with old oil soot deposits speeds this process, and debris that can block the chimney builds up at the bottom of the flue. To the extent that problems with either of these heating systems interfere with the flow of toxic gases and particles out of the house, they may also force car- bon monoxide, fumes and possibly soot into the liv- ing spaces of your home. They may cause a one- time, high-level exposure situation or release small- er amounts more regu- larly over a longer period. These problems should never be ignored. Preventing Problems In the United States, numerous agencies and organizations now rec- ognize the importance of annual heating system in- spection and maintenance in preventing carbon mon- oxide poisoning. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. En- vironmental Protection Agency, the National Fire Protection Association, and the American Lung Association - are some of the organizations that now encourage the regu- lar maintenance of home heating systems and their chimneys in order to keep "the silent killer" at bay. An overlooked heating system can produce death and heartbreak. Consid- ering the risks involved when gas or oil systems are neglected - and the benefits that accrue when they are properly main- tained - you would do well to have your chimneys checked annually by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep@... and cleaned or repaired as needed. This can keep illness or death from carbon monoxide poisoning from claiming you or those you love. Stephanie Stewart, Di- rector of the Bath County Emergency Management Office, provided this public service announce- ment. She can be reached at 606/674-6056. OUNT elry & Pawn Announcing our New Store Manager in Winchester - Steve Williamsonl DJP is proud to have Steve on board with a great knowledge of pawn, retail and customer service. If you need cash, or are in the market for Jewelry, TVs, Tools, Guitars, Laptop Com- puters or Guns & Ammo, come by and see me and my team! Check out our prices. You'll get the CASH you want and the RESPECT you deserve. I guarantee it[ ~ Steve 102 W. Lexington Ave, Winchester 859-737-2274 COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY BATH CIRCUIT COURT DIVISION I ACTION NO. 10-CI-90225 TAX EASE LIEN INVESTMENTS I, LLC PLAINTIFF VS: NOTICE OF COMMISSIONER'S SALE DON MCCARTY AND JOYCE MCCARTY DEFENDANTS By virtue of a Judgment and Order of Sale entered in Bath Circuit Court on 17 August 2012, to raise the sum of $3,556.98, interestTes, and the costs of sale, I will expose for sale to the highest and best bidder at the Courthouse door, in OwingsviUe, Bath County, Kentucky, on Saturday, 10 November 2012, at the hour of 12:00 p.m., the following described property: A certain tract or parcel of real land lying in Bath County, Kentucky, near the town of Salt Lick, and described as follows: BEGINNING at an iron peg at the edge of West Road; thence 145 degrees Southeast a distance of 190 feet to the edge of East Road; thence 245 Degrees in a Southwest direction for a distance of 200 feet to a steel peg at the edge of East Road; thence 329 degrees Northwest, a distance of 220 feet to the edge of West Road; thence a Northeast direction with West Road a distance of 200 feet to the point of BEGINNING. Property Address: 1031 Fraley Road, Salt Lick, Ky 40371 Map ID No. 075-00-00-046.06 BEING THE SAME PROPERTY conveyed to Don McCarty and wife, ]oyce McCarty, by deed dated March 6, 1992, of record in Deed Book 172, Page 373, in the Bath County Clerk's oce. This property is sold subject to all real estate taxes, easements, and off-sales of record; and reference is hereby made to the office of the Bath County Clerk. The terms of the sale shall be ten (10%) percent cash or check at the time of sale and the balance on credit of sixty (60) days with privilege of the successful bidder to pay in full at the time of sale. The successful bidder requesting credit must execute bond with approved surety bearing interest at the rate of twelve (12%) per annum from date of sale until paid, which bond shall have the full force and effect ofa ludgment and should execution be issued thereon, no replevy shall be allowed. A lien shall exist and shall be retained by the Commissioner on the property sold as security for the purchase price. Hon. Earl Rogers III Master Commissioner Bath Circuit Court Published in the Bath County News Outlook on 10.24, 11.1, dz 11.7 Montgomery Cancer Center Mt, Sterling, Flemingsburg & Soon in Winchester Advanced Career Care Close to Home PET/CT Services State of the Art GE Medical Systems Equipme0000 We Are Here 8eea00f00e Care For Appointments or Second Opinions Call