CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY
What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless toxic gas that is slightly less dense than air. It is produced when fuels do not burn completely.
Exposure to carbon monoxide in concentrations above 100 ppm is dangerous to health. Because you cannot see it, smell it, or taste it, CO is also known as the “invisible killer.”
When you breathe in CO, it enters your bloodstream and binds with hemoglobin (the part of red blood cell that carries oxygen) so the blood is no longer able to carry oxygen. The lack of oxygen causes the body’s cells and tissue to fail and die. Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to brain damage and even death.
What Causes Carbon Monoxide?
Inside your home, the most likely sources of carbon monoxide are heating and cooking appliances, which use fuels such as wood, coal, charcoal, oil, natural gas, gasoline, kerosene, and propane. If they are not properly maintained, are improperly ventilated, or malfunction, CO levels can rise quickly.
Common Sources of CO in the home:
What are the symptoms of CO poisoning?
Young children and household pets are typically the first affected. If you or your family experience even mild symptoms of CO poisoning, seek medical treatment immediately.
How can I prevent CO poisoning in my home?