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Winter Safety Information
Winter Weather Terms
Preparedness for Schools
Ice & Snow, Take It Slow
Winter Safety Tips For The Home
Winter Safety Tips For For The Vehicle
Winter Safety Tips For Fire Safety
Winter Health & Safety Tips
Snow Emergency Classifications
Wind Chill Index
Flood Information and Safety Tips
Flood Insurance Information
Turn Around Don’t Drown®
Carbon Monoxide Information & Safety
Portable Generator Info
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. Carbon monoxide is commonly known as "the silent killer." When a person breathes air that contains carbon monoxide, it is absorbed through the bloodstream, displaces oxygen and inhibits the bloods ability to carry oxygen to vital organs such as the heart and brain.
Each year, more than 500 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. In addition, several thousand individuals are treated in hospital emergency rooms for carbon monoxide poisoning.
The most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. High levels of carbon monoxide ingestion can cause loss of consciousness, coma and death. Unless suspected, carbon monoxide poisoning can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms mimic other illnesses. If you suspect CO poisoning, call 911 or consult a health care professional.
CO is a by-product of incomplete combustion. Any fuel-burning device may produce dangerous levels of CO gas. Examples include: