Winter Carbon Monoxide Awareness

file0001362549724Did you know that unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning causes more than 400 fatalities in America each year? The risk for carbon monoxide poisoning is highest in December and January.

A simple carbon monoxide detector can save lives, but they are installed in less than one-third of homes in the United States. If you don’t already have a carbon monoxide detector installed, now is a wonderful time to get one. Be sure to check your detector’s battery each spring and fall.

Because carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, it often goes undetected. For this reason, it is referred to as a “silent killer.” It is produced by burning fuel; when the gas builds up in an enclosed area, individuals or pets who breathe it can be poisoned. Ventilating an area does not guarantee that it will be safe.

Being exposed to carbon monoxide can cause permanent neurological damage or death. Anyone can be at risk, but infants and senior citizens may be more likely to fall ill or die from exposure.

Ways to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • Don’t warm your vehicle in the garage
  • Get your gas or coal-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician each year
  • Do not use a generator inside your home, basement, or garage
  • Have your chimney checked and cleaned every year
  • Ensure that all gas appliances have proper venting
  • Do not use a gas oven to heat your home

If the carbon monoxide alarm goes off, move outside immediately. Call 911 and do not reenter the space until given permission by emergency responders.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning often include headaches, lightheadedness, and blurred vision.

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