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Carbon Monoxide - What is it?
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By Member Jim Keener
May 22, 2019

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. Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

Know the symptoms of CO poisoning

Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

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:

•Headache

•Fatigue

•Shortness of breath

•Nausea

•Dizziness

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

•Mental confusion

•Vomiting

•Loss of muscular coordination

•Loss of consciousness

•Ultimately death


For additional information on carbon monoxide prevention check out the links provided below.

Carbon Monoxide Safety https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/focus/feb_2014_co.pdf

Safety regarding portable generator use during winter storms https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/focus/feb_2015_co.pdf


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