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Carbon monoxide (CO) is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in the United States.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, "There are approximately
2,100 unintentional deaths from carbon monoxide (CO) every year." Also, more than
10,000 CO injuries occur annually from this colorless, odorless, and tasteless poison.
CO can be produced from gas furnaces, space heaters, clogged vents, chimneys, or
even a car running in a closed garage. Anything that burns fuel can produce CO.
It is the product of incomplete combustion, and it can kill in minutes or hours
depending on the amount in the air. If inhaled at damaging levels, CO poisoning
can lead to breathing difficulties, impaired judgment and memory, damage to the
nervous system, cardiac trauma, brain damage, coma, or even death.
Everyone is susceptible, but experts agree that unborn babies, young children, pregnant
women, senior citizens, and people with heart or respiratory problems are especially
vulnerable and are at the highest risk for death or serious injury.
Both the American Lung Association and the American Medical Association agree. All
fuel burning appliances should be inspected once a year by a qualified technician,
and CO alarms are valuable tools that could potentially prevent fatalities.
A Carbon Monoxide leak from your furnace or washing machine could create a dangerous
situation for you and your family.