Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced from incomplete combustion. Appliances and other gas fired items in your home can produce fatal carbon monoxide in your home. Carbon monoxide can spill from vent connections in poorly maintained or blocked chimneys. It is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, propane, and natural gas.
According to the American Medical Association, 1,500 people die each year from accidental carbon monoxide exposure, and an additional 10,000 seek medical attention at a hospital or clinic.
Below are some health symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, get fresh air immediately. Call the Fire Department, open all windows and doors, and turn off appliances.
- Irregular breathing
- Red Face
General Prevention Tips
|Signs You May Have a Carbon Monoxide Problem in Your Home|
The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommends that each home have a Carbon Monoxide detector near sleeping areas in your home. Detectors should be mounted according to manufacturer's recommendations/instructions. Battery-operated or battery-backup detectors are recommended. Detectors can be purchased at any local retailer.
Call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 455-6375 if you have any questions.