Carbon monoxide poisoning is called the silent killer because it is colorless, odorless and nonirritating, NewsChannel 4's Katrina Owens reported. The Centers for Disease Control
said carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States, claiming more than 2,000 lives each year.
However, nearly 90 percent of homes are not protected from the poisonous gas, Owens
Carbon monoxide hazards can be anywhere in the home, from blocked chimneys and faulty furnaces to cracked ventilation pipes, Owens
Without an alarm, you have no idea that you're at risk.
Carbon monoxide is also known as the great imitator because symptoms like headaches and dizziness often mimic the flu, Owens
Kendalwal said the best way to treat someone with carbon monoxide poisoning is to increase the oxygen in the body by putting the person in a hyperbaric chamber.This also helps prevent long-term effects, Kendalwal said.
To help protect a home from carbon monoxide, Owens
suggests installing alarms near sleeping areas and fuel-burning appliances.Make sure an alarm is installed on every level of the home.If an alarm does go off, call the fire department immediately and open all windows and doors.
Carbon monoxide alarms are available at any home center store and range in price from $20 to $45.
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