Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that interferes with the delivery of oxygen in the blood to the body. It is produced from incomplete combustion of carbon-based fuels including coal, wood, charcoal, natural and liquid petroleum gases, and fuel oil. Depending on the amount inhaled, it can cause fatigue, headaches, weakness, nausea, confusion, impede coordination and cardiovascular conditions, and even death where levels are high.
What can be done to prevent CO poisoning
What are Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors?
CO detectors can be used as a back-up, but not as a replacement, for proper use and maintenance of fuel-burning appliances. Technology is still being developed, and the detectors are not generally considered to be as reliable as smoke detectors found in homes today. When purchasing CO detectors one should make sure the device meets Underwriters Laboratories standards. Detectors should be placed close to sleeping areas and in the vicinity of any appliances.
If your CO detector goes off, you should: