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Published March 04, 2014, 06:20 PM

Routine furnace maintenance can prevent loss of life

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -That tragedy has people here stressing furnace safety.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -That tragedy has people here stressing furnace safety.

Routine furnace checks can mean the difference between life and death.

To avoid a serious carbon monoxide related accident, experts at Laney's tell us the best thing to do is get your furnace checked annually.

Paul Durbin, Laney's HVAC service and sales tech: “See what happened to those people, everything like than can be avoided.”

As Paul Durbin steps back to look over another furnace, he can't help but think how an inspection like this one could've saved a Crookston couple's lives.

Durbin: “When you see that on the news and you notice things like that, for me, you go back and say how many times was that furnace serviced.”

That's what he's doing now, preventative maintenance so something like that never happens here.

Durbin: “It could happen immediately if something is burning wrong.”

Checking carbon monoxide monitors, furnace efficiency meters and pipes.

Durbin: “When we look at furnaces, we look for heat exchanger problems or cracks in the heat exchanger where carbon monoxide could escape.”

All to guarantee it doesn't.

But Durbin says if your furnace does give out, carbon monoxide is very difficult to detect without a device.

Durbin: “If you notice anything like that, it's best to get it checked right away.”

The toxic gas is invisible, odorless and tasteless. And too much, can take a life.

Experts say symptoms of minor carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches and confusion.