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Carbon Monoxide Question and Answer






What is carbon monoxide? 

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, charcoal, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, kerosene and methane) burn incompletely. Products and equipment powered by internal combustion engine such as portable generators, cars, lawn mowers, and power washers also produce carbon monoxide.


What are the risk factors of carbon monoxide?

Fumes are dangerous for anyone and can be deadly. Some people are more susceptible to the affects of carbon monoxide including unborn babies, infants, older adults, people who smoke, and people who have chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems.

Why should my home have carbon monoxide alarms?

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, approximately 2,100 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning every year in the United States. There are also more than 10,000 injuries annually from carbon monoxide. Home heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are sources of carbon monoxide. Car exhaust (carbon monoxide) in an attached garage can leak into the house even with the main garage door open.

To learn.....

Why carbon monoxide is harmful, the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, the types of and where to install carbon monoxide alarms, how often to replace carbon monoxide alarms, AND what to do when the carbon monoxide alarm sounds...CLICK HERE!

December 31, 2009


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