The Silent Killer: Carbon Monoxide
January is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month. So, it's time once again to review important safety tips to protect your family against this invisible, poisonous, potentially deadly gas. Carbon monoxide is a significant public safety concern because it is one of the leading causes of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. The numbers increase when heating systems are engaged throughout the cooler seasons and people remain inside their homes.
What Is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an odorless gas that is emitted from household appliances like furnaces and generators that is colorless, odorless and potentially deadly. During the winter months (heating season), we all too frequently hear of tragedies involving loss of life due to people that were exposed to carbon monoxide gas. Despite warnings, faulty furnaces or generators left running in garages or enclosed areas cause carbon monoxide to pollute living quarters with deadly consequences.