Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas. Several household sources, such as gasoline-powered tools and generators, produce carbon monoxide.

Anything that burns can produce carbon monoxide. The fumes are extremely hazardous and can cause sudden illness or death.

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide weakens the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to organs and body tissues.

The gas cannot be seen or smelled, so people often don’t know they are breathing it. Poisoning can occur in minutes.

Nearly everyone is at risk, but carbon monoxide is especially dangerous to infants, women who are pregnant and their unborn children, the elderly and people with heart or breathing problems. It also can affect pets.

Causes of Carbon Monoxide poisoning

In disaster situations, carbon monoxide poisonings usually occur from improperly operated generators.

Fumes from generators can build up in enclosed areas and poison people.

Carbon monoxide poisoning also can occur when gas stoves, lanterns, charcoal grills, gas ranges, gas dryers and hot water heaters, automobiles and heating systems are not used correctly.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning

If you experience any of these, get out of the house and seek medical attention immediately.

Poisoning Prevention