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Carbon Monoxide Safety

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Avoid the Silent Killer


Protect your family from CO poisoning with these USFA tips:

•         Install and maintain CO alarms in a central location outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home to provide early warning of CO.

•         Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, and vents.

•         Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.


What is carbon monoxide?


Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “Invisible Killer” because it's a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. More than 150 people in the Unites States die every year from accidental nonfire-related CO poisoning associated with consumer products, including generators. Other products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces.


Know the symptoms of CO poisoning


Know the symptoms of CO Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people may not know that they are being exposed. The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu (but without the fever). They include:




•Shortness of breath




High level CO poisoning results in progressively more severe symptoms, including:

•Mental confusion / vomiting / loss of muscular coordination / Loss of consciousness / Ultimate


•Loss of muscular coordination

•Loss of consciousness

•Ultimately death

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