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Health Tip: Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Health Tip: Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


(HealthDay News) -- Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas that you can't see or smell, but it can kill people and animals if a leak isn't detected quickly.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says here's what you can do to help reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Have any coal-burning, oil or gas appliances or heating systems serviced annually by a qualified technician.
  • Make sure your home has a working, battery-operated carbon monoxide detector; change batteries twice each year when the time changes.
  • If your detector sounds or if you have any symptoms of CO poisoning (such as nausea, dizziness or light-headedness), leave the home immediately and call 911.
  • Don't use any appliance or device that burns gasoline or charcoal inside your home or near an open window.
  • Never let your car run inside a garage, even with the garage door open.
  • Never use a gas oven to heat your home, and never use a fireplace or stove that isn't vented.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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