Carbon Monoxide

Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to unconsciousness, brain damage or death. If you believe you have carbon monoxide poisoning or your detector continuously goes off, dial 911 immediately and leave your residence (outside for fresh air is best).

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Cherry red skin
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Flu-like
  • Fluttering of the heart
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Nausea
  • Tightening of the chest
  • Visual disturbances
  • Weakness

Protect Yourself from Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas. You should have carbon monoxide detectors in your home to warn you. CO detectors are inexpensive and usually run you about $20 to $50.

Carbon Monoxide can be produced in your house from:

  • Charcoal or gas grills, cigarettes
  • Fuel burning engines (lawn mowers, generators)
  • Gas or fuel burning appliances such as stoves and driers
  • Lack of heating equipment ventilation
  • Leaving your vehicle running for an extended period of time in the garage or next to an open window or door
  • Malfunctioning heating system