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Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless deadly gas produced by the incomplete burning of fuel. Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of poisoning death in the
United States.

What are symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
Symptoms include: headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sleepiness, and trouble breathing.
    National Toll-Free Number for Poison Centers
    1-800-222-1222  (call 24 hrs. day/7 days week)
What are sources of carbon monoxide?
  • gas stoves used to heat the home
  • clogged or dirty chimneys
  • faulty heating systems
  • car engines running in an enclosed space, such as a garage
  • swimming decks of boats with inboard motors
  • charcoal grills used indoors or in a tent
How can I prevent carbon monoxide poisoning?
  • Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Have chimneys and heating systems checked yearly by a professional technician.
  • Never run car engines while parked in a garage or against a snow bank.
  • Never use charcoal grills in a closed space such as a garage or tent.
  • Buy a carbon monoxide detector for your home and install it in sleeping areas.

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Should I use carbon monoxide detectors in my home?
smoke and carbon monoxide detector Yes. Install carbon monoxide detectors in sleeping areas of your home. Follow the directions. If the alarm sounds, open all windows possible and then call 911.

Remember to change the batteries of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when necessary. Check them each month.

Who is at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning?
Everyone is at risk. It is very dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn child, infants, seniors, and people with breathing problems.

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Last Updated: June 27, 2013