According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, every year over 200 people in the United States die from CO produced by fuel-burning appliances (furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters). Others die from CO produced while burning charcoal inside a home, garage, vehicle or tent. Still others die from CO produced by cars left running in attached garages. Several thousand people go to hospital emergency rooms each year for treatment for CO poisoning.
What Are the Symptoms Of CO Poisoning?
Carbon Monoxide can have different affects on people based on its concentration in the air that people breathe. Because you can’t smell, taste, or see it, you can not tell that CO gas is present. The health effects of CO depend on the level of CO and length of exposure, as well as each individual's health condition. The initial symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu (but without fever). They include:
- Shortness of breath
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