CARBON MONOXIDE

 

OFTEN CALLED THE SILENT KILLER, CARBON MONOXIDE IS AN INVISIBLE, ODORLESS, COLORLESS GAS CREATED WHEN FUELS (SUCH AS GASOLINE, WOOD, COAL, NATURAL GAS, PROPANE, OIL, AND METHANE) BURN INCOMPLETELY. IN THE HOME, HEATING AND COOKING EQUIPMENT THAT BURN FUEL ARE POTENTIAL SOURCE OF CARBON MONOXIDE. VEHICLES OR GENERATORS RUNNING IN AN ATTACHED GARAGE CAN ALSO PRODUCE DANGEROUS LEVELS OF CARBON MONOXIDE. THE DANGERS OF CO EXPOSURE DEPEND ON A NUMBER OF VARIABLES, INCLUDING THE VICTIM'S HEALTH AND ACTIVITY LEVEL. INFANTS, PREGNANT WOMEN, AND PEOPLE WITH PHYSICAL CONDITIONS THAT LIMIT THEIR BODY'S ABILITY TO USE OXYGEN(I.E. EMPHYSEMA,ASTHMA,HEART DISEASE) CAN BE MORE SEVERELY AFFECTED BY LOWER CONCENTRATIONS OF CO THAN HEALTHY ADULTS WOULD BE. A PERSON CAN BE POISONED BY A SMALL AMOUNT OF CO OVER A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME OR BY A LARGE AMOUNT OF CO OVER A SHORTER AMOUNT OF TIME.OVERALL,75% OF NON-FIRE CO INCIDENTS ARE REPORTED BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9:00 A.M. AND 10:59 P.M.IN 2005.

 

SAFETY TIPS

1 INSTALL CO ALARMS ( LABELED BY A RECOGNIZED LABORATORY) INSIDE YOUR HOME TO PROVIDE EARLY WARNING OF ACCUMULATING CO. CO ALARMS SHOULD BE INSTALLED IN A CENTRAL LOCATION OUTSIDE EACH SEPARATE SLEEPING AREA. IF BEDROOMS ARE SPACED APART, EACH AREA WILL NEED A CO ALARM.

2. CO ALARMS ARE NOT SUBSTITUTES FOR SMOKE ALARMS. KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SOUND OF SMOKE ALARMS AND CO ALARMS.

3. TEST CO ALARMS AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH AND REPLACE CO ALARMS ACCORDING TO THE MANUFACTURER'S INSTRUCTIONS.

4. HAVE FUEL-BURNING HEATING EQUIPMENT (FIREPLACES, FURNACES, WATERHEATERS, WOOD AND COAL STOVES, SPACE OR PORTABLE HEATERS) AND CHIMNEYS INSPECTED BY A PROFESSIONAL EVERY YEAR BEFORE COLD WEATHER SETS IN.

5. IF YOU NEED TO WARM A VEHICLE, REMOVE IT FROM THE GARAGE IMMEDIATELY AFTER STARTING IT. DO NOT REUN A VEHICLE, GENERATOR, OR OTHER FUELED ENGINE OR MOTOR INDOORS, EVEN IF GARAGE DOORS ARE OPEN. MAKE SURE THE EXHAUST PIPE OF A FUNNING VEHICLE IS NOT COVERED WITH SNOW.

6. DURING AND AFTER A SNOWSTORM, MAKE SURE VENTS FOR THE DRYER, FURNACE, STOVE, AND FIREPLACE ARE CLEAR OF SNOW BUILD-UP.

7. IF YOUR CO ALARM SOUNDS IMMEDIATELY MOVE TO A FRESH AIR LOCATION OUTDOORS OR BY AN OPEN WINDOW OR DOOR, AND CALL FOR HELP. REMAIN AT THE FRESH AIR LOCATION UNTIL EMERGENCY PERSONNEL SAY IT IS OK.

8. IF THE AUDIBLE TROUBLE SIGNAL SOUNDS, CHECK FOR LOW BATTERIES OR OTHER TROUBLE INDICATORS.

 

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