Carbon Monoxide Poisioning .....Please Read
(EL Cajon CA)
I wanted to share my story with all the bird owners/lovers in case it can help someone else avoid having a tragedy that happen to me and all my birds.
I just moved into a new house and was using my oven for the 2nd time. I was cooking a big dinner on Christmas eve, so my oven was on for a couple of hours. My parrot of 29 years suddenly flew off his perch, and landed on the floor. I ran over to him and he was breathing really heavy and he could not get up. He could not stand or walk. I rushed him to the emergency hopsital, but he died in the car on the way. When I got home, all of my finches were also dead.
I called the gas & electric company. My oven had high levels of carbon monoxide. An air shutter was completely closed in my oven. I have never even heard of an air shutter before, so I had no idea. I did have a home inspection before I bought the house, but they only check to see if the oven is working.
You can call your local gas & electric company & they will come out & inspect all your appliances including your heater. I am not sure about other cities or states, but in San Diego they will only check for gas problems, so you have to ask them to check for carbon monoxide.
Another thing to know is you should NEVER put any kind of foil or liners on the bottom of your oven, as that can block your oven vents and that will add to the carbon monoxide. You can also get a carbon monoxide alarm. If you move into a new home or apartment, you should have ALL your appliances checked. It is free to have this done.
Owning a bird, you can relate to how devasting it is to loose your pet. What I have learned won't bring back my loving bird I had for 29 great years, but maybe this information will help someone else avoid what happened to me. If I had fallen asleep on the couch, the carbon monoxide could have killed me.