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1 Carbon Monoxide in Your Home

2 What is Carbon Monoxide? CO Deadly gas Cant see, taste, feel or smell

3 Whats the problem with CO? Kills 5,000 people in US each year Survivors of CO poisoning can suffer from brain damage, loss of sight or hearing, or heart problems

4 Where Does CO Come From? Gas & oil furnaces, boilers, water heaters Wood burning fireplaces and stoves Gas appliances (ovens, stoves, dryers) Gas and kerosene space heaters Gas and charcoal grills

5 Where Does CO Come From? Cars, trucks, campers, and other vehicles Gas and liquid propane fueled equipment Tobacco smoke, house fires Blocked chimneys and flu es

6 What are the signs of CO poisoning? Headache Nausea Vomiting Dizziness Confusion Tiredness Weakness Sleepiness Tightness in chest Trouble breathing All of these are flu- like symptoms

7 How Can I Protect My Family? Never use Charcoal grills or run engines inside home, garage, or basement Never warm up vehicle in garage Have furnace, chimney and gas appliances checked

8 How Can I Protect My Family? Keep chimney and wood burning stove in good working order Use kerosene, gas heaters and vent-free fireplaces carefully -- follow instructions and open window

9 How Can I Protect My Family? Use carbon monoxide alarms in Never use kitchen stove or oven for heat

10 How Can I Protect My Family? Use kitchen exhaust fan when using oven Make certain gas appliances burn correctly Dont use a smoking fireplace

11 Carbon Monoxide Alarms At least one for every household Sounds an alarm when CO becomes too high Battery operated

12 If CO Alarm Sounds: Get outside right away Call 911 from phone outside your home Have home checked by qualified heating/appliance technician Dont go back into the home until all problems are fixed

13 Visit the Healthy Homes Partnership site: For more information on healthy home environments Special thanks to North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension for the original creation of these slides: Dr. M. Cassandra Wiggins Dr. Sarah D. Kirby Dr. Wilma S. Hammett


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