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Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

According to FreeMD, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of death by poisoning in the United States. The 1998 annual estimate of consumer product-related CO poisoning deaths was 180, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Learn how to avoid becoming one of those numbers.

What It Is

Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. If your family experiences some or all of these symptoms but you start to feel better after leaving your house, it may be due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

What To Do

If carbon monoxide is suspected or the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, do the following:

Immediately move outdoors to fresh air and do a head count.

Open a window if you can't get outdoors.

If there are pets in the home, remove them without endangering yourself or other family members.

Call 9-1-1 from your cell phone or a neighbor's phone. Tell them about the symptoms each family member is experiencing and when they started.

Stay near your house and wait for the authorities to arrive.

Do not re-enter the home until emergency service responders have arrived, aired out the house, and determined it is safe to re-enter.

Correct the problem before starting the heating appliances.

If a carbon monoxide alarm sounds again, repeat the above steps. Do not ignore alarms.

How to Avoid Exposure

Purchase a UL-listed (Underwriters Laboratories) carbon monoxide alarm for each level of your home. The Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is an independent, not-for-profit product-safety testing and certification organization and has tested products for public safety for more than a century.

Install the detector in every sleeping area and test each one. If you do not know how to do this, call a professional.

CO rises like smoke does. Install carbon monoxide detectors from knee-height level up to chest-height level.

Make sure the CO detector isn't blocked by furniture or other hazards.

Remember to change your carbon monoxide detector's batteries at least twice a year.

Test the detector monthly.

Make sure heating appliances are installed and used in accordance with manufacturer's instructions. If you do not know how to check your appliances, have a professional do it.

Make sure chimneys and vents draw all gases out of the home. If you do not know how to do this, have a professional check your home.

Have the heating system, chimney and vents inspected and services annually by qualified heating contractor.

Never use charcoal grills indoors. The smoke will increase CO levels.

Never heat your home with a gas kitchen range. Use the range only for cooking.

Always use a kitchen range hood, vented to the outdoors, when cooking on a gas range.

Never warm-up or run vehicles or other gasoline engines in garages or indoors.

Possible Sources of CO

Furnace or boiler
Gas or fuel-oil water heater
Gas or wood fireplace
Gas kitchen range
Plugged, rusted, disconnected, or defective chimneys or vents
Backdrafting of combustion gases into the home
Automobiles in attached garages

Signs of Carbon Monoxide Problems

Rusting or streaking on chimney or vent
Loose or missing furnace panel
Soot on venting or appliances
Loose or disconnected venting
Debris or soot falling from chimney
Moisture on interior side of windows

    For more information, go to the following:

    USFA— carbon monoxide.

    EPA — Carbon Monoxide (CO) page.

    CPSC — Carbon Monoxide Questions and Answers

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