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Carbon Monoxide The Silent Killer Carbon Monoxide Danger at Home and Work
Carbon Monoxide The Silent Killer Introduction 5,000 people die each year 50,000 hospitalizations / year Mostly during winter and fall Carbon Monoxide presents a danger at work and at home
Carbon Monoxide The Silent Killer What is Carbon Monoxide (CO) ? Odorless, colorless gas Incomplete burning of carbon containing fuels Sources include: Furnaces Gas space heaters Wood stoves Tobacco smoke Fireplaces Automobiles Water heaters Gas stoves Improper installation, maintenance, or inadequate ventilation of these devices
Carbon Monoxide The Silent Killer What is Carbon Monoxide (CO) ? Interferes with oxygen distribution in the blood Acute or chronic effects: Fatigue Headache Weakness Confusion Disorientation Nausea Dizziness Death Can be confused with Flu or Food Poisoning Unborn children, infants, elderly at higher risk
Carbon Monoxide The Silent Killer Prevention Appliances working to manufacturers’ specifications Annual inspections of heating system, chimneys, and flues Open fireplaces flues when fire Don’t use gas space heaters in enclosed area, properly vent Don’t use ovens or gas ranges to heat your home Don’t burn charcoal inside home, cabin, RV, tent or camper
Carbon Monoxide The Silent Killer Prevention Never leave car or lawn mower engine running in a shed, garage, or enclosed space Ensure your furnace has adequate intake of outside air Install scrubbers on equipment such as forklifts, bobcats, generators, etc. Test CO level often if poor ventilation Locate generators / exhaust away from poorly ventilated areas or air intakes.
Carbon Monoxide The Silent Killer If Exposure Suspected Don’t ignore symptoms, especially if more than one person is feeling them Get fresh air immediately. Open doors and windows Turn off combustion appliances Leave the house or area Get medical attention, call 911
Carbon Monoxide The Silent Killer California Law California Law now requires the installation of CO detectors in most homes outside of sleeping areas Attached garage or a fossil fuel source Apartments required in 2013 Can be purchased at hardware stores (Ace, Home Depot, OSH, Lowe's …)
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