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Posted on: July 6, 2017

Know the dangers and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

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Mesquite, TX – July 6, 2017 – More than 150 people in the U.S. die every year from accidental, non-fire related carbon monoxide (CO) poison. The poisonous gas is also known as the “Invisible Killer’ because of its colorless and odorless traits. CO poisoning is associated with consumer products such as; generators, faulty or improperly vented furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces.

Since CO is undetectable by human senses, people may not know that they are being exposed to the poisonous gas. It is important to recognize the symptoms of CO poisoning and take precautions against this invisible killer.

Low to moderate levels of CO symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

High levels of CO symptoms:

  • Mental Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of muscular coordination
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Even death

How to prevent CO poisoning in your home:

  • Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas or coal-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not use portable flameless chemical heaters indoors.
  • Never use a generator inside your home, basement or garage or less than 20 feet from any window, door or vent; fatal levels of carbon monoxide can be produced in just minutes.
  • Have your chimney checked and cleaned every year, and make sure your fireplace damper is open before lighting a fire and well after the fire is extinguished.
  • Make sure your gas appliances are vented properly.
  • Never use a gas oven for heating your home.
  • Never let a car idle in the garage.
  • Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The National Safety Council recommends you install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector in your home near the bedrooms. Check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. If the CO alarm sounds, move everyone outside and call 911.

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