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How to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

How to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Carbon monoxide is often referred to as "the silent killer" because you can not smell, taste or see it. The danger of carbon monoxide poisoning was highlighted in the 1970's with government regulations concerning vehicle pollution. Awareness of carbon monoxide symptoms as well as other preventative measures could save the lives of everyone in your home.

Campaigns to increase the awareness of residential carbon monoxide poisoning are ongoing. Knowing more about it and taking steps like an expert home inspection can help to safeguard your home. Certainly the phrase "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is very appropriate when considering the dangers of carbon monoxide.

Recognizing Carbon Monoxide Symptoms

Part of the inherent danger of carbon monoxide poisoning is that some of the symptoms may be dismissed as stemming from more common ailments. Of all of them, drowsiness is possibly the most dangerous because it may cause you to miss the others. Here is a list of common carbon monoxide symptoms but you should consult with home inspection or safety officers in your community:
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness (the most dangerous of the carbon monoxide symptoms)
  • Decreased Coordination

Prevention is the Best Way to Combat Carbon Monoxide

So long as we burn fossil fuels such as gas, oil, coal, and wood the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning should receive our attention. Along with knowledge of the symptoms and knowing how to respond if they are recognized, there are some preventative measures you can take:
  • An annual home inspection by a qualified gas inspector is a good place to start preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Place a carbon monoxide detector near sleeping areas in coordination with smoke detection units.
  • Act on suspicious carbon monoxide symptoms and alarms with diligence.


About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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