"SENSELESS" KILLER, CAN YOU TELL WHAT IT IS?
Every year, nearly
300 people in the United States die from this toxic gas.
Can you tell - can
you smell - what gas it is?
The poisonous gas that
kills nearly 300 people in their homes each year has no smell. What's more,
it has no taste and no color.
The gas is carbon monoxide or "CO", and it is truly a "senseless"
WHAT IS CARBON MONOXIDE?
Carbon monoxide is produced by burning any fuel. Therefore, any fuel-burning
appliance in your home is a potential CO source.
When appliances are kept in good working condition, they produce little
CO. Improperly operating appliances can produce fatal CO concentrations
in your home. Likewise, using charcoal indoors or running a car in a garage
can cause CO poisoning.
SYMPTOMS OF CO POISONING
Carbon monoxide poisoning can kill you. The initial symptoms of CO are similar to the flu (but without the fever). They include:
- Irregular breathing
Remember, if you have
any of these symptoms and if you feel better when you go outside your
home and the symptoms reappear once you're back inside, you may have CO
CLUES YOU CAN SEE
These are signs you can look for:
- Rusting or water
streaking on vent/chimney
- Loose or missing
- Loose or disconnected
- Debris or soot falling
from chimney, fireplace, or appliance
- Loose masonry on
- Moisture inside
YOU CANNOT SEE
- Internal appliance
damage or malfunctioning components
- Improper burner
- Hidden blockage
or damage in chimneys
OF CARBON MONOXIDE
- Room Heater
- Charcoal grill
- Water Heater
- Auto in closed
CAN YOU DO?
- Make sure appliances
are installed according to manufacturer's instructions and local building
codes. Most appliances should be installed by professionals.
- Have the heating
system (including chimneys and vents) inspected and serviced annually.
- Follow manufacturer's
directions for safe operation.
- Examine vents
and chimneys regularly for improper connections, visible rust or stains.
- Notice problems
that could indicate improper appliance operation:
- hot water supply
- Furnace unable to heat house or runs constantly
- Sooting, especially on appliances
- Unfamiliar or burning odor
INSTALL A CO DETECTOR FOR ADDED SAFETY
(Must meet the requirements of UL 2034)
YOU SHOULD NOT DO
- Never burn charcoal
indoors or in a garage. Never service appliances without proper knowledge,
skills, and tools.
- Never use the
gas range or oven for heating
- Never leave a
car running in a garage.
- Never operate
unvented gas-burning appliances in a closed room.
similar and additional information from the Carbon Monoxide Kills
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