By Cindy Denby
As cold weather sets in and we are all spending much more time inside, I want to encourage all residents to learn how to protect themselves against carbon monoxide poisoning. Because carbon monoxide cannot be detected by sight, smell, or taste, prevention and awareness are essential to protecting yourself and your family.
Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, or kerosene is burned. To avoid the risk of carbon monoxide exposure, residents should not use fuel-burning appliances including generators, grills, and camp stoves inside homes, basements, or garages. These appliances must be kept outside of these areas and away from any open windows or doors. Running a car in an enclosed garage also can create lethal levels of carbon monoxide and should be avoided at all costs. In addition, residents should purchase carbon monoxide protectors for their homes. These detectors sound an alarm if a buildup of gas it detected, alerting people in the house to potential danger.
Knowing the physical warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning can be lifesaving to the victim as well as anyone in the surrounding area. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness and confusion. In the event that exposure does occur, residents should immediately evacuate the area of contamination and seek medical attention.
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