October 29, 2007
Carbon Monoxide Dangers Increase with Cold Weather
OSWEGO - With cold weather approaching, the Oswego County Health Department reminds residents of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Known in the chemistry world as CO, carbon monoxide is a deadly toxic gas that has no odor, smell or color. CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those made by cars and trucks, lanterns, stoves, gas ranges and heating systems. CO from these fumes can build up in places that don't have a good flow of fresh air.
“This elusive substance can leak into your house through many different ways, especially when the temperature starts to drop,” said Kathleen Smith, Public Health director of the Oswego County Health Department. “Without any signs detectable by human senses, CO detectors are essential in preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.”
When carbon monoxide poisoning begins to affect a person, symptoms can include nausea, headache, and dizziness which can easily be mistaken for the flu, another common wintertime illness. Other symptoms include loss of consciousness, shortness of breath, and loss of muscle control.
Here are some strategies to help prevent carbon monoxide exposure, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For more information, visit the CDC Web site at http://www.cdc.gov.
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