Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is released as a result of incomplete combustion whenever carbon-based fuels such as wood, paper, natural gas, propane, gasoline, diesel fuel, oil or kerosene are burned. Without proper ventilation, CO can kill a person in a matter of minutes. When exposed to carbon monoxide it is important to know the symptoms of CO poisoning.
• Flu-like symptoms, fatigue
• Headache, dizziness and confusion
• Nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath
• Portable generators/generators in buildings
• Boilers/furnaces, wood and gas fueled fireplaces
• Gas fueled appliances and kerosene space heaters
• Gasoline powered pumps and tools
• Cars left idling in the garage
• Never use a generator in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces such as garages, crawl spaces and basements
• Do not use generators outdoors if placed near doors, windows or vents
• Make sure chimneys are cleaned regularly and that the damper is open both before starting a fire and after it is out to allow remaining fumes to vent
• Furnaces, water heaters and gas appliances should be properly maintained and inspected by a qualified professional at the beginning of the heating season
• Consider using tools powered by electricity or compressed air, if available
• Back the car out of the garage to let it warm up
• Protect yourself and your family by installing CO detectors. If the alarm sounds, or you experience symptoms of CO poisoning get out of the building and call 911.
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