Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and How To Avoid It.Leave a Comment
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and initially non irritating toxic gas produced by incomplete combustion in fuel burning devices. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that CO exposures and poisonings occur more often during the fall and winter, when people are more likely to use gas furnaces, heaters and generators in their homes. CDC statistics show more than 15,000 emergency room visits and nearly 500 deaths from unintentional, no-fire related CO poisoning each year.
Persons with CO poisoning often overlook the symptoms (e.g., headache, nausea, dizziness, or confusion), and undetected exposure can be fatal. CO poisoning is often mistooken for a viral illness such as the flu because the symptoms are very similar.
Sources of CO poisoning are: fires, vehicles left running in doors, faulty furnaces, generators, portable heaters, unventilated power equiptment, dryers, water heaters and other house hold appliances.
You are probably asking yourself right now what you can do to protect you and your family form this silent killer. Here are a few tips to keep you safe.
- •Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas-, oil-, or coal-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
- •Install a battery-operated CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall.
- •If your CO detector sounds, evacuate your home immediately and telephone 911.
- •Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated.
- •Do not use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement, or garage or near a window.
- •Do not run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.
- •Do not burn anything in a stove or fireplace that is not vented.
- •Do not heat your house with a gas oven.
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