Carbon monoxide poisoning claims the lives of an average of 439 people each year and another 20,000 make emergency room visits. Don’t let this be you.Carbon monoxide poisoning is totally preventable. Are you doing all you can to protect yourself and your family?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless and colorless gas that is created when using combustible fuels such as natural gas, gasoline, propane, oil, wood and coal. These fuels always burn incompletely creating carbon monoxide as a byproduct.
CO exposure can come from a variety of combustible fuel appliances such as central gas furnaces, gas ranges or cooktops, gas dryers, gas water heaters, propane fireplaces and wood-burning fireplaces and stoves. It is important to make sure that combustible fuel appliances are vented correctly because CO can build up in the home.
People and animals can be poisoned by breathing CO. Symptoms include but are not limited to the following: headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue and confusion. Children and people with chronic illnesses are the most susceptible to CO poisoning.
Prevent CO poisoning by following these guidelines:
During winter storms, people may be tempted to misuse combustible fuel appliances. Never do any of the following:
Keep your family safe by installing CO alarms. Use caution with all combustible fuel appliances. If in doubt, don’t do it! Teach your family how to be safe when it comes to carbon monoxide.
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