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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning carbon monoxide
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning carbon monoxide
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Steps to ensure your safety from carbon monoxide poisoning A pproximately 250 people in the United States die each year from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. This deadly gas is hard to detect because it is odorless, colorless and tasteless. Take the following steps to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. Important Steps goes off, turn off appliances, or owning a UL listed carbon mon- Have a qualified technician other sources of combustion at oxide detector, could become a inspect fuel-burning appliances once. Immediately get fresh air matter of life and death. at least once each year. Fuel- into the premises by opening burning appliances such as oil doors and windows. Call a According to national standards, and gas furnaces, hot water qualified technician and have home carbon monoxide detectors heaters and stoves require the problem fixed before must sound a warning before high yearly maintenance. A qualified restarting appliances. carbon monoxide levels are technician can identify and reached. The standard requires the repair problems with your fuel- If anyone is experiencing alarm to sound before an average, burning appliances. symptoms of carbon monoxide healthy adult begins to experience poisoning: headaches, dizzi- symptoms of carbon monoxide Be aware that CO poisoning ness, vomiting, call the fire poisoning. The warning provides may be the cause of flu-like department (911) and immedi- time to evacuate the premises. symptoms such as headaches, ately move to a location that tightness of the chest, dizzi- has fresh air. Do a head count Placement of Detectors ness, fatigue, confusion and to be sure all persons are Proper placement of a carbon breathing difficulties. Because accounted for. Do not re-enter monoxide detector is important.If CO poisoning often causes a the premises until it has been you are installing only one carbon victim’s blood pressure to rise, aired out and the problem monoxide detector, the Consumer the victim’s skin may take on a corrected. Product Safety Commission pink or red cast. (CPSC) recommends it be located Install a UL Listed CO detector Carbon Monoxide near the sleeping area, in order to outside sleeping areas. A UL Detectors wake you. Additional detectors on every level and in every bedroom Listed CO detector will sound Carbon monoxide is a by-product of a home provide extra protection. an alarm before dangerous of combustion, present whenever levels of CO accumulate. Read fuel is burned. It is produced by Homeowners should remember the manufacturer’s instructions common household appliances not to install carbon monoxide carefully before installing a CO such as gas or oil furnaces, detectors directly above or beside detector. If your detector is clothes dryers, water heaters, fuel-burning appliances, as wired directly into your home’s ovens and ranges. According to appliances may emit a small electrical system, you should the American Medical Associa- amount of carbon monoxide upon test it monthly. If your unit is tion, carbon monoxide is the start-up. A detector should not be battery operated, test the number one cause of poisoning placed within fifteen feet of detector weekly and replace the deaths in the U.S.A. Making sure heating or cooking appliances or battery at least once a year. furnaces and other potential in or near very humid areas such carbon monoxide sources are as bathrooms. Know how to respond to a CO properly vented and in good detector alarm. If the alarm working condition, along with (over) Seattle Fire Department Fire Prevention Division 220 3rd Avenue South, S e a t t l e , WA 9 8 1 0 4 w w w. s e a t t l e . g o v / f i r e 4/2007 Seattle Fire Department Carbon Monoxide Poisoning When considering where to place the case, carbon monoxide will For More Information a carbon monoxide detector, keep rise with the warmer air. For this Contact: in mind that although carbon reason, CO detector Seattle Fire Department monoxide is roughly the same manufacturers suggest mounting firstname.lastname@example.org weight as air, it may be contained the detector on the ceiling. This in warm air coming from also puts the detector out of the www.seattle.gov/fire combustion appliances such as way of potential interference, home heating equipment. If this is such as pets or curious children.
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