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