What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an invisible, silent, odorless toxic gas. In an enclosed space, such as a home or garage, CO exposure can lead to serious illness or death.
What are the signs of CO exposure?
- Headache and dizziness
- Fatigue and weakness
- Watering and burning eyes
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of muscle control
Where does CO come from?
Improperly operating Natural Gas appliances:
- Hot Water Heater
- Gas and diesel vehicles
- Gas-powered machines
- Wood-burning fireplaces
Prevent CO in your home by:
- Make sure your wood burning fireplace has enough combustion and ventilation air.
- Have a qualified service technician check all gas appliances (including furnaces and fireplaces) at the start of each heating season.
- You should never run a vehicle, snow blower, lawnmower etc. in a closed garage
- Never use a BBQ indoors (Natural Gas, Charcoal, or Propane).
- Never run exhaust fans, power attic vents or a central vacuum system for prolonged periods.
- Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector in your home.
If you suspect Carbon Monoxide is present:
- Open doors and windows to air out the area.
- Evacuate the building (including pets).
- Seek medical advice immediately for physical symptoms.
- Once safely evacuated, contact Central Peace Gas Co-op at 780-864-3873 or your local Fire Department.