According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 150 people die each year in America from accidental non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning. Invisible to all five human senses, carbon monoxide can be created by a number of products and appliances in your home. Some of the leading producers of carbon monoxide include faulty, improperly-used, or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters, and fireplaces. To help keep your family safe during the heating season, here is a look at the dangers of carbon monoxide in your home and what you can to lower your risks of exposure.
Health Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
At high levels, carbon monoxide can kill a person in minutes. At moderate levels, individuals exposed to carbon monoxide can experience severe headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea, and fainting. Low level symptoms include shortness of breath, mild nausea, and mild headaches.
Actions to Take Following Exposure to Carbon Monoxide
Because the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to those of the flu or food poisoning, actions must be taken to rule out carbon monoxide. If you start feeling the above mentioned symptoms, turn off any combustion appliances and get fresh air immediately. If you feel better after stepping outside, you may have been exposed to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Go to the emergency room and tell the physician you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning.
Preventing Carbon Monoxide in Your Home
In addition to carbon monoxide alarms in your home, another way to prevent carbon monoxide exposure is by installing and maintaining a fire suppression system. If you are sleeping and a house fire breaks out, you could inhale dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide before you are alerted to the fire if your sprinklers and fire alarm are not working correctly.
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