• Carbon Monoxide

    ​Facts about carbon monoxide and carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • What is Carbon Monoxide?

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that interferes with the delivery of oxygen in the blood to the rest of the body. It is produced by the incomplete combustion of fuels.

    It can be emitted by combustion sources such as unvented kerosene and gas space heaters, furnaces, woodstoves, gas stoves, fireplaces and water heaters, automobile exhaust from attached garages, and tobacco smoke. Problems can arise as a result of improper installation, maintenance, or inadequate ventilation.

  • ​Health effects include:

    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Weakeness
    • Confusion
    • Dizziness
  • How Do I Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

    ​Make sure chimneys, fireplaces and other areas are anually inspected and cleaned by a certifited technician. Do not use ovens or gas ranges to heat your home. Never leave a lawn mower or car running in an enclosed space. Have a carbon monoxide alarm in your home. If the alarm goes off check that it is the carbon monoxide monitor, check for poisoning symptoms and clear out of area immediately if someone is experiencing symptoms. If not, througholy ventilate your home.

  • How Do I Treat Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

    Get fresh air immediately. Open doors and windows. Turn off combustion appliances and leave the house. Go to an emergency room. Be sure to tell the physician that you suspect CO poisoning.

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