What is Carbon Monoxide and who it can affect?

By: SafetyLAB

Carbon Monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas.  It’s produced when fossil fuels (like oil, gas or coal) burn.  Because you cannot see, taste or smell it, carbon monoxide can harm and even kill you before you even know it’s there.  Carbon monoxide takes away what you need most to survive, oxygen.  Even if you inhale small amounts of carbon monoxide it can cause nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and headaches. 

Everyone is at risk to exposure to carbon monoxide because it is found in most homes.  Some common appliances that use fossil fuel are furnaces, clothes dryers, cook tops, ovens, water heaters and space heaters.  Some other causes for carbon monoxide exposure are fireplaces, wood burning stoves, gas heaters, and charcoal grills.  If any of these have leaks or are not vented properly they can cause leaks into your home that can harm you.

If you have any appliance or sources of heat that can cause carbon monoxide poisoning you should have at least one carbon monoxide alarm in your home, specifically near your sleeping areas.  You should also have your heating and venting checked by a professional.  They should clear any debris that may block the gasses from venting properly. 

If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds it is possible it isn’t a false alarm.  It is important to move everyone in your home outside into fresh air. You should call 911 and have an emergency worker check the carbon monoxide levels in your home. It is very important not to re-enter your home until it’s tested by an emergency professional. 

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