THE "SENSELESS" KILLER
CAN YOU TELL WHAT IT IS?
Scratch and Sniff ...
Every year, nearly 300 people in the United States die from this toxic gas.
Can you tell... can you smell... what gas it is?
You probably couldn't guess the answer from the "scratch and sniff." That's because the poisonous gas that kills nearly 300 people in their homes each year has no smell. What's more, it has no taste and no color.
The gas is carbon monoxide (CO), and it is truly a "senseless" killer.
WHAT IS CARBON MONOXIDE?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by burning any fuel. Therefore, any fuel-burning appliance in your home is a potential CO source.
When appliances are kept in good working condition, they produce little CO. Improperly operating appliances can produce fatal CO concentrations in your home. Likewise, using charcoal indoors or running a car in a garage can cause CO poisoning.
SYMPTOMS OF CO POISONING
Carbon monoxide poisoning can kill you. the initial symptoms of CO are similar to the flu (but without the fever). They include:
Remember, if you have any of these symptoms, and if you feel better when you go outside your home and the symptoms reappear once you're back inside, you may have CO poisoning.
Sources of and Clues to a Possible Carbon Monoxide Problem
1) Room Heater
3) Charcoal grill
5) Water Heater
6) Auto in closed garage
Rusting or water streaking on vent/chimney
Loose or missing furnace panel
Loose or disconnected vent/chimney, connections
Debris or soot falling from chimney, fireplace, or appliance
Loose masonry on chimney
Moisture inside of windows
Internal appliance damage or malfunctioning components
Improper burner adjustment
Hidden blockage or damage in chimneys
What can you do?
Make sure appliances are installed according to manufacturer's instructions and local building codes. Most appliances should be installed by professionals.
Have the heating system (including chimneys and vents) inspected and serviced annually.
Follow manufacturer's directions for safe operation.
Examine vents and chimneys regularly for improper connections, visible rust or stains.
Notice problems that could indicate improper connections, visible rust or stains.
Notice problems that could indicate improper appliance operation:
__Decreasing hot water supply
__Furnace unable to heat house or runs constantly
__Sooting, especially on appliances
__Unfamiliar or burning odor
install a CO DETECTOR FOR ADDED SAFETY!
MUST MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF UL 2034
WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO ...
Never burn charcoal indoors or in a garage.
Never service appliances without proper knowledge, skills and tools.
Never use the gas range or oven for heating.
Never leave a car running in a garage.
Never operate unvented gas-burning appliances in a closed room.
A Carbon Monoxide Detector is NOT a substitute for a SMOKE DETECTOR
IF YOU HEAR AN ALARM--
Check all smoke detectors AND carbon monoxide detectors.
IF YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR ALARMS--
Immediately exit the building and call 9-1-1.
IF YOUR CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR ALARMS--
Open all doors and windows immediately and call a qualified appliance technician.
ONLY IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS, SHOULD YOU CALL 9-1-1:
Dizziness - Fatigue - Nausea - Irregular Breathing - Headache
If you have any additional questions call:
The Torrance Fire Department at 1-310-781-7071
Torrance Fire Department ~More Than A Fire Department