With newer homes being constructed more tightly and older homes being sealed up with weather stripping, the margin for error with an improperly functioning gas appliance is reduced, resulting in a greater number of carbon monoxide incidents. In many cases the propane gas company or the natural gas utility becomes involved in a subsequent claim or lawsuit.
There are important steps that can be taken to minimize the number of losses of this type and there are proper ways to investigate the incidents that do occur. Time is of the essence when it comes to an investigation. Weather conditions that might be a major factor can change quickly. This paper will discuss the causes of carbon monoxide incidents, how to investigate them and ways to reduce the chance of an incident occurring.