IS CARBON MONOXIDE?
is an odourless, colourless, tasteless gas which is very toxic.
When breathed, it interferes with the body's ability to absorb oxygen.
It can kill you
before you know its there. Todays more energy-efficient, airtight
home designs contribute to the problem by trapping CO-polluted air
inside the home.
ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CARBON MONOXIDE EXPOSURE?
Exposure to carbon monoxide
can cause any of these flu-like symptons; headaches, nausea, fatigue,
dizziness, drowsiness, burning eyes, confusion, disorientation and
unconsciousness. In very severe cases, carbon monoxide poisoning
can cause brain damage or death.
ARE THE SOURCES OF CARBON MONOXIDE?
Carbon monoxide is a
by-product of the incomplete combustion (burning) of fuels such
as wood, propane, oil, natural gas, kerosene, gasoline, diesel fuel,
coal or charcoal.
CAN I PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE IN MY HOME?
Make sure that all fuel
burning appliances are in good working order and that they are checked
and inspected on a regular basis. Never leave your car or other
fuel burning engine running in the garage. Never use open-combustion
devices, such as a charcoal grill, hibachi or Bar-B-Que indoors.
A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR!!!
DO I PUT MY CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR?
Near the sleeping area,
according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which recommends
at least one detector per household. Extra detectors located near
the home?s heating sources and other fuel burning appliances, add
an extra, measure of safety.
DO I DO IF MY CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR GOES OFF?
Get out of the
house immediately. Have a plan that includes a pre-designated meeting
place so that all family members can be accounted for. Call the
Fire Department from a neighbour?s home. Do not re-enter your home
until the Fire Department has determined that it is safe to do so.