Beware Carbon Monoxide Dangers When Cold Weather Strikes

From - January 5, 2018

Beware Carbon Monoxide Dangers When Cold Weather Strikes

FRIDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 -- As temperatures plummet across the northern half of the United States this weekend, gas heating use goes up. So does the risk for accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

That's because carbon monoxide exposure is both highly toxic and very hard to detect. The gas is colorless, tasteless and odorless.

As a result, more than 20,000 Americans seek emergency care each year for carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 400 die.

To prevent carbon monoxide incidents, the experts from the Nebraska Regional Poison Center say you should:

Though carbon monoxide is a quiet killer, signs of actual poisoning are very noticeable, according to the Poison Center. They include sleepiness, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, vomiting, shortness of breath and convulsions.

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