What you need to know about carbon monoxide

What you need to know about carbon monoxide

Carbon Monoxide is an odorless gas you can’t see it, taste it or smell it. Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year:

  • A lot of Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning

  • A lot of Americans visit the emergency room

  • A lot of Americans are hospitalized due to CO poisoning

Knowing and understanding and having a better understanding of Carbon monoxide including sources, dangers and health risks can go a long way in preventing many of these deaths and hospitalizations each year.

Below are some regular household items that give out carbon monoxide.

  • Furnaces

  • Water heaters

  • Space heaters

  • Clothes dryers

  • Stoves

  • Fireplaces

  • Portable generators

  • Grills used in an enclosed space

  • Vehicles running in an attached garage

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide:

  • Headaches

  • Nausea

  • Fatigue

  • Dizziness

Some steps to take to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Have a working Carbon monoxide alarm. Make sure your home has CO alarms on every level and outside each sleeping area.

  • Have your heating system, vents, chimney and flue inspected annually by a qualified technician

  • Install and operate appliances according to the manufacturer's instructions

  • Only purchase appliances that have been approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory

  • Never use a gas stove to heat the home

  • Never leave a vehicle idling in a closed garage

  • Never use a grill or portable generator in close proximity to your home. CO emitted by these items can seep into your home through vents and doors

Being in the know and making sure to place your carbon monoxide alarms correctly in your home and replacing the batteries when needed can be a life saving strategy in saving your life or the life of your loved ones. 

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