Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Threat Highest in Cold Weather

Charlotte, NC
Shah-Khan, Cynthia
cshahkhan@ci.charlotte.nc.us
1/26/2016

CFD receives CO alarms to provide to residents in need

With extreme weather upon us, such as the recent winter storm that hit the Charlotte area, incidents from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can peak. Kidde, the world's largest manufacturer of fire-safety products, is donating carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to the Charlotte Fire Department. CFD and community partners like Kidde continue to assist qualified residents in need of alarms. To obtain an evaluation for a CO alarm, complete the request form at www.charlottefire.org.

CO is called the invisible killer because the gas cannot be seen or smelled. Heating and cooking devices that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide. Calls increase in winter months when people use fireplaces, wood stoves and generators and warm their cars in garages. Snow and debris can also block vents for dryers, furnaces, stoves and fireplaces, which can all cause dangerous carbon monoxide to build up.

Click here to find out more about carbon monoxide and how to protect yourself and your family from the dangerous gas.