Oct. 23, 2002: Remind Customers To Test Their Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Carbon monoxide poisoning is the number one cause of unintentional poisoning deaths in the world, says the company. There are many sources of CO, and it is not a concern that is exclusive to the winter months. Carbon monoxide poisonings and fatalities happen year-around.
Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas, which is released when fuels are burned. Sources of CO can include:
Dangerous levels of CO can occur if one or more of the following conditions exist: an appliance is faulty or is poorly maintained, an exhaust flue is partially or totally blocked, or if a room is not adequately ventilated.
Carbon monoxide is invisible, has no smell, and is therefore impossible to detect with the human senses. The following symptoms are related to CO poisoning:
Young children, the elderly, and pets may be the first to experience the above symptoms.
According to the National Safety Council, the following can be done to prevent CO poisoning:
Aprilaire, a manufacturer of carbon monoxide alarms, also suggests installing a CO alarm that meets new U.L. standards on each level of the home.
For more information, visit the Aprilaire website at www.aprilaire.com.
Publication date: 10/21/2002