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Carbon Monoxide


Tips for Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (fall 2005)


Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can leak from faulty or improperly vented furnaces, automobiles, space and water heaters, fireplaces, and clothes dryers. It can kill without warning. To guard against poisoning, take the following precautions:
• Install a Carbon Monoxide detector in your home
• Clean flues and chimneys regularly
• Avoid flue blockage from leaves or animal nests by installing a ventilated screen cap at the top of your chimney
• After snow and ice storms, check vents for blockage
• Never leave a car running in the garage
• Turn off space heaters and put out the fire in the fireplace and wood stove before you go to bed 
Carbon Monoxide poisoning symptoms are similar to the flu, including headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, confusion and ringing in the ear. If you suspect Carbon Monoxide poisoning, evacuate everyone immediately to fresh air and then call your local fire department and the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222). Get the faulty source fixed before reentering your home