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Posted on: February 12, 2014

[ARCHIVED] February Safety Message

Carbon Monoxide -The Silent Killer

It is never too late to discuss the dangers of carbon monoxide; recently the fire department responded to a carbon monoxide emergency, fortunately no one was seriously injured. Emergency like these are sudden reminders of the dangers of carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that may result in your home from a faulty appliance, incomplete combustion, improper installation, or poor ventilation. Most common appliances are; a gas furnace, gas dryer, gas water heater, kerosene space heater, fireplace, or wood stove.

Early signs or symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
• Headache
• Nausea
• Weakness
• Dizziness

Symptoms vary depending on the concentration of carbon monoxide in the environment, the length of time you are exposed, and your health. A carbon monoxide detector is your best defense. For best protection have a carbon monoxide detector mounted outside each sleeping room and on each level of your home. In addition, have fuel burning appliances inspected annually by a professional before each winter season. If you suspect carbon monoxide; we ask that you immediately leave the location and call 9-1-1. Only open windows and doors if you can not immediately leave your location. For more information please contact the Gallup Fire Department at 505-722-4195.

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