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Carbon Monoxide – Symptoms, Detection and Prevention

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is known as the silent killer. It’s an odorless gas that is impossible to detect and can cause flu-like symptoms or even death. This may sound like the next blockbuster horror movie in theaters, but unfortunately it  is a reality. There are ways to protect yourself and your family from CO poisoning.  Read on to learn more about Carbon Monoxide and how to guard against it.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

CO is a gas that is produced during combustion when fuel is burned. You can find Carbon Monoxide  in the fumes of car exhausts, stoves, grills, lanterns, fireplaces, furnaces and so much more. When equipment is outdoors or adequately ventilated, CO naturally dissipates, causing no harm. Carbon Monoxide can build up to toxic levels in enclosed areas, and the damage can be fatal. Nearly 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning each year. More than 20,000 emergency room visits and 4000 hospital stays are annually attributed to this deadly gas.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms

Identifying the onset of symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning can save a life. Often confused with the flu, common CO poisoning symptoms can include headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting and chest pain. More significant amounts of CO can cause confusion and unconsciousness. The very young and the elderly are more susceptible. CO poisoning while sleeping can be fatal.… Read More