Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) can be produced when burning any fuel: gasoline, propane, natural gas, oil, wood and coal. It is the product of incomplete combustion. Carbon Monoxide can kill in minutes or hours depending on the level of CO in the air.

Carbon Monoxide Facts And Statistics:

  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in the United States. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, “there are approximately 2,100 unintentional deaths from carbon monoxide (CO) every year in the u.S. and the use of CO Alarms could potentially prevent many of these fatalities.” In addition, more than 10,000 CO injuries occur annually from this colorless, odorless and tasteless poison.

  • Symptoms of carbon monoxide include: Symptoms that are similar to the flu with no fever. Dizziness, fatigue/weakness, throbbing headache, nausea/vomiting, irregular breathing, sleepiness and confusion can all be possible symptoms.

  • Methods of protection: Every year have the heating system, vents, chimney, and flue inspected and cleaned by a qualified technician. Never leave a car running in an attached garage. Install a carbon monoxide alarm near the sleeping areas and on every level of the home.