With all of the extremely cold weather around the U.S., I felt a mention of the “silent” and “Invisible Killer” carbon monoxide would be timely and needed. Carbon monoxide, also referred to as CO, is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. More than 150 people in the Unites States die every year from accidental non-fire 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.
Everybody should be aware of the dangers of CO. There are some things that we can all do to protect our families. These are some safety tips:
Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, folks 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). These systems include:
High level CO poisoning, which is much more serious, results in progressively more severe symptoms. Those systems include:
Symptom severity is related to both the CO level and the duration of exposure. For slowly developing residential CO problems, occupants and/or physicians can mistake mild to moderate CO poisoning symptoms for the flu, which sometimes results in tragic deaths. For rapidly developing, high level CO exposures, such as those associated with use of generators in residential spaces, victims can rapidly become mentally confused. They can lose muscle control without having first experienced milder symptoms. Those persons will likely die if not rescued in a timely manner. It’s critically important to become familiar with the hazards caused by CO and to learn how to avoid becoming a victim of this silent, invisible killer.
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