As a home owner, it is important to be aware of all the potential issues that occur in the home. One such potential issue is those of car ports which can be found at the side of the house. Car ports are a very convenient addition to a house but they can be problematic due to potential carbon monoxide poisoning.
Many people are not aware of a potential issue with car ports built to the side of the house. There are some home owners who, for various reasons, add vents from the car port into the house, or for the matter, a passageway for any other requirement.
The problem with having any kind of ventilation or hole from the car port to the home is that it creates a passageway for carbon monoxide gas. Many people do not have a full understanding of carbon monoxide think that carbon monoxide poisoning can only happen from fuel burning appliances but it can also be cause by car exhaust fumes.
Car exhausts emit carbon monoxide and when a car is left with the engine running in the car port, carbon monoxide gases will build up inside the port. Now, if there are any passageways, vents etc running into the house there is the potential for this carbon monoxide to enter the house. Once it enters the house, it can be breathed in and we know
that carbon monoxide has no taste, in colourless and odourless so there is no way for the effected persons to know they are being exposed.
To ensure your home is safe, ensure there are no vents, or paths from the car port into the home. Of course, ensure a carbon monoxide detector is installed and it will then alert you to any carbon monoxide gas in the home.