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Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that comes from burning things like kerosene, coal, or wood. It is a poison.

Breathing air containing only a very small amount of carbon monoxide can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide replaces oxygen in the blood.

What happens if a person breathes carbon monoxide?

  • symptoms like the flu or a cold
  • blurred vision
  • stomach aches
  • trouble breathing
  • sleepiness
  • ringing in the ears

Carbon monoxide can come from

  • broken gas water heaters and furnaces
  • space heaters that don’t have vents
  • gas clothes dryers
  • tobacco smoke
  • fuels burned in wood and gas stoves

Carbon monoxide detectors help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in the home.


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