What you can't see can hurt you Carbon monoxide is a dangerous, silent killer. Your home could contain dangerous levels of this deadly poison, and you may not even know it. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal, but it may also cause brain damage, severe respiratory problems, and illness.
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Help prevent senseless deaths According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 300 people die every year from carbon monoxide poisoning.
How Carbon Monoxide is produced Any fuel-burning substance, such as a wood stove or a car that is running in a closed garage, causes Carbon Monoxide (CO). Other potential Carbon Monoxide hazards include:
- Water heather
- Charcoal grill
Signs of Carbon Monoxide poisoning Some signs of Carbon Monoxide poisoning include:
- Irregular breathing
Help protect your family If you suspect damage to any appliances that could produce Carbon Monoxide, or if you are experiencing any symptoms, open up windows and doors in your house right away. It's important to breathe fresh air immediately. It may be a good idea to purchase a Carbon Monoxide detector as an added protection. These detectors can alert you to high levels of this toxic gas — before it's too late.