Carbon Monoxide is known as the "silent killer."
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is the number-one cause of poisoning
deaths in the United States, killing more than 3,800 individuals
annually. CO is a colorless, odorless gas. Because you cannot see, taste or
smell it, CO can kill you before you know it is there. Symptoms of CO
poisoning include flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, fatigue,
dizziness, confusion and breathing difficulties.
If your carbon monoxide detector alarms, do not
hesitate. Go outside and call 911.
CO is a byproduct of incomplete combustion of fossil fuels
such as natural gas, oil, wood or coal. Common causes of carbon monoxide
poisoning include malfunctioning appliances, furnaces, stoves, ovens, water
heaters, charcoal grills and motor vehicles.
How to Protect Yourself:
You should have a UL-approved battery operated carbon
monoxide alarm on each level of your home. Batteries should be checked monthly
and batteries replaced when you change your clocks.
To protect your family, have a qualified professional check
all fuel-burning appliances, furnaces, venting and chimney systems at least
once a year or as recommended by the manufacturer.
Click here for more information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.