Help protect your family from the invisible poisonous killer
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas produced by burning fuels in vehicles, cooking appliances, furnaces, fireplaces, grills, space heaters, and other gas, coal, wood or oil-burning appliances.
Inhaled carbon monoxide deprives the heart, brain and other vital organs of oxygen.
Each year, non-fire-related carbon monoxide poisoning causes:
400 fatalities, 20,000 plus emergency room visits, 4,000 plus hospitalizations.
How to spot carbon monoxide building: decreased hot water supply, increased moisture on windows, loose or disconnected chimney, fireplace or appliance, black soot on appliances and vents, rust or water on vents or chimney, loose or missing furnace panel.
How to spot carbon monoxide poisoning.
Low to moderate poisoning: headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness. Severe poisoning: confusion, vomiting, loss of muscle coordination, unconsciousness.
How to help prevent carbon monoxide problems:
- Install detectors in central locations, in each sleeping area, on every level of the home and near attached garages. Use interconnecting alarms, when one sounds others will sounds.
- Test alarms monthly.
- Only buy gas-powered equipment that has a seal of a national testing agency, such as Underwriters Laboratories.
- Never let engines run inside a garage, even if the door is open.
- Keep dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace vents clear of debris and snow.
- Never run a generator in a home, garage or crawlspace.
- Have your furnace, water heater and other appliances serviced by a qualified technician once a year.
How to react when the alarm sounds:
- Exit the house.
- Check everyone for signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Call 911.
- Do not re-enter your home until authorities have cleared it.
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