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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that’s both odorless and colorless. It’s found in combustion (exhaust) fumes produced by:
What Are the Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are:
How Can I Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
To avoid getting CO poisoning, you can take the following preventive measures:
Ensure there’s plenty of ventilation in areas with appliances that burn gas, wood, propane, or other fuel.
Buy a CO detector and place it in an area near the source of CO. Make sure to change the batteries regularly.
Don’t fall asleep or sit for a long time in an idling car that’s in an enclosed space.
Don’t sleep near a gas or kerosene space heater.
Don’t ignore symptoms of CO poisoning. If you’ve been exposed to CO, get outdoors immediately and call 911. Don’t go back into the area until emergency service professionals tell you that it’s safe to return.
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