Sunday, January 22, 2023
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention
Statistically, January is the month with the highest carbon monoxide poisonings within the United States.
To date, many first responders have participated in a number of carbon monoxide incidents within Sussex County during this current month of January 2023. The Indian River Volunteer Fire Company has responded to the following incidents:
CO poisoning is entirely preventable. Protect yourself and your family by learning the symptoms of CO poisoning and how to prevent it.
When winter temperatures plummet and home heating systems run for hours the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning increases. Every year, more than 100,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning and annually 420 persons die. There are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your household from CO poisoning.
CO is found in fumes produced by furnaces, kerosene heaters, vehicles “warmed up” in garages, stoves, lanterns, and gas ranges, portable generators, or by burning charcoal and wood. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and can die from breathing CO.
How to Recognize CO Poisoning
The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. People who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms.
CO Poisoning Prevention Tips:
If you suspect CO poisoning, call 9-1-1 immediately.
CO poisoning is entirely preventable! You can protect yourself and your family by learning the symptoms of CO poisoning and how to prevent it.
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention