According to the EPA, Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that can be harmful when inhaled in large amounts. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns that CO can cause dizziness, confusion, unconsciousness, and death.
The EPA states sources of CO can include:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Atmos Energy recommend that consumers install carbon monoxide detectors and advise that a carbon monoxide alarm can provide added protection. CO detectors are not, however, a substitute for proper use and upkeep of appliances that can produce CO.
As of January 2017, 27 states and the District of Columbia require carbon monoxide detectors in private homes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. For more information about local, state and federal guidelines for carbon monoxide detectors inside a home, visit their website.
The U.S. Fire Administration recommends installation and maintenance of CO alarms in a central location, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home to provide early warning of CO. You may also contact your state fire marshal’s office for information.
It is most important to be sure combustion equipment is maintained and properly adjusted. Vehicular use should be carefully managed adjacent to buildings and in vocational programs. Additional ventilation can be used as a temporary measure when high levels of CO are expected for short periods of time.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the most common symptoms of CO poisoning are often described as “flu-like” and common symptoms include:
If someone you know experiences these symptoms and you think they have been exposed to carbon monoxide, the EPA recommends you do the following:
Information on this site was gathered from industry-leading safety and government agencies. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, leave the area immediately and from a safe distance call 911.
Atmos Energy’s emergency line is also available at 866.322.8667.
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