Carbon Monoxide (CO) is often called a silent killer- it is a colorless, odorless and toxic gas that can cause sudden illness or even death if inhaled. CO is a product of incomplete combustion coming from sources such as kerosene or gas space heaters, gas grills, gas and wood stoves, fireplaces, gasoline-powered equipment, automobile exhaust, and tobacco smoke. Exposure to CO usually comes from these sources when they are not properly maintained and/or being used in an area that is not well ventilated.
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Injuries and deaths due to CO poisoning are preventable!
Protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning; install a carbon monoxide detector in your home, make sure fuel-burning appliances are connected and operating correctly, and have fireplaces checked once a year for proper ventilation. Learn more from the Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet.
If CO poisoning is suspected, move everyone to an area with fresh air and call 911 and the Palmetto Poison Center (1-800-222-1222).
Symptoms include: Severe headache, Confusion about surroundings, Sleepiness, Nausea and/or vomiting, Dizziness, Fainting.