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Carbon Monoxide Statistics

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a major cause of poisoning deaths in the United States; the use of low level CO Alarms could potentially prevent many fatalities.   Carbon Monoxide can kill in minutes or hours depending on the level of CO in the air.  If CO is inhaled at damaging levels it can lead to breathing difficulties, impaired judgment & memory, nervous system damage, cardiac trauma, brain damage, coma and even death.

Everyone is susceptible, but experts agree that unborn babies, young children, pregnant women, senior citizens and people with heart or respiratory problems are especially vulnerable and are at the highest risk for death or serious injury.

Know the Symptoms and Effects of
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is dangerous because a person may not recognize drowsiness as a symptom of poisoning and fall asleep, continuing to breathe the carbon monoxide until severe poisoning or death occurs.

Since the symptoms are similar to the flu, food poisoning or other illnesses, one may not think that CO poisoning could be the cause. Most people who have mild carbon monoxide poisoning recover quickly when they move to fresh air, one of the ways to tell that it is not the flu or food poisoning.

Low levels of Carbon Monoxide poisoning can lead to breathing difficulties, mild nausea, headache and dizziness, and over time may have long term effects on your health.

With moderate or severe carbon monoxide poisoning, you may have severe headaches, dizziness, impaired judgment and memory, nausea and vomiting, cardiac trauma, nervous system and brain damage, unconsciousness, coma and even death. Most victims of moderate to severe poisoning are unable to move to fresh air and must be rescued. Severe CO poisoning is often fatal!

Potential Sources of Carbon Monoxide ~

ANY fuel burning appliance can be a source of Carbon Monoxide; especially those that are malfunctioning or improperly installed. CO can be produced when burning any fuel: gasoline, propane, natural gas, oil, wood and coal. It is the product of incomplete combustion. Appliances can include boilers and furnaces, gas range/stove, gas clothes dryer, water heater, gas or wood fireplaces, wood-burning stove and auto exhaust.

Other sources include clogged chimneys or flues, vent pipes, fuel burning space heaters, tools that run on fuel, a gas or charcoal grill used in an enclosed area. Back drafting and changes in air pressure can cause indoor levels of CO.

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