Watch Out For Carbon Monoxide
A message from Health Canada.
Did you know that carbon monoxide (CO) can cause health problems before you even notice that it’s present? The gas is made whenever you burn fuel like oil, coal, wood, gasoline, propane, or natural gas. Exposure to the gas can cause CO poisoning and can be dangerous to your health.
- Carbon monoxide (CO) can only be detected with an alarm (detector). You should have at least one carbon monoxide detector in your home, in addition to a smoke alarm.
- Carbon monoxide can be present in your home or cottage at any time of the year. However, the risk is greater in winter months because homes are usually heated by furnaces, wood stoves, water heaters or boilers.
- Other sources of carbon monoxide include generators, charcoal grills, vehicle exhaust, cooking appliances, and blocked chimney flues.
- These devices become a risk when they are used in unventilated areas, such as a home, garage, cottage, camper, or tent.
- If you lose power, don’t use fuel powered heating devices or generators in your house or garage.
- At low levels, symptoms of CO poisoning include flu-like symptoms. At high levels or prolonged exposure to low levels, you can experience dizziness, chest pain, poor vision, and difficulty thinking. At very high levels, it can cause convulsions, coma, and death.
For more information, please visit Canada.ca.
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