Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is Common in Winter Months

Furnaces, fireplaces and other heating elements can produce carbon monoxide if not properly ventilated. If you find yourself using something other than your furnace to heat the area you’re in, make sure there is at least a crack in the door or windows of the room or car you’re in.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include: dizziness, headache, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, difficulty breathing and chest pain.

Unfortunately, the cherry red skin color that we’re all taught to look for is often a symptom that occurs so late that the carbon monoxide exposure is already dire.

Take some pro-active steps to ensure your home is safe. Install carbon monoxide detectors along with your smoke detectors.

If you’re in a cabin or other remote location, a stand-alone carbon monixide detector should be among your gear.

And if you find yourself stuck in a car and need to keep the engine running for heat, leave a window cracked, and get out every so often to make sure the tail pipe has not become covered in snow.

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