University of Missouri Extension

CO Detectors - Don't Ignore the Alarm

Approximately 250 people in the United States died last year from the "Silent Killer" -- carbon monoxide (CO). This deadly gas is hard to detect because it is odorless, colorless and tasteless. The safety experts at Underwriters Laboratories recommend that consumers follow these steps to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

Have a qualified technician inspect fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, hot water heaters and stoves at least once each year.

Be aware that CO poisoning may be the cause of flu-like symptoms such as headaches, tightness of chest, dizziness, fatigue, confusion and breathing difficulties.

Most CO poisonings occur at night so install a CO detector with an alarm outside sleeping areas. Test the detector weekly and replace the battery at least once a year. Do not ignore the alarm if it goes off.

And don't leave vehicles running in an enclosed garage, even to "warm up" your car on a cold morning.

Related web site: http://www.ul.com/services/consumer.htm

 

[ Home | Your Money | Get Organized | Tightwad Tidbits | Living Better | Safety & Privacy | Buyer Beware | Kids & Money | About CEU | Search ]


     
Web site coordinators:
Jamie Thompson
Sandra McKinnon
Site evaluation:
Cynthia Crawford
Last updated: March 09, 2005
Web site established by:
Kate Akers
Mark Belwood
Cynthia Crawford
Sandra McKinnon
Diana Hammond

University of Missouri Extension does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national
origin, sex, religion, age, disability or status as a Vietnam-era veteran in employment or programs.