Prevention of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
North Dakota Department of Health
Sargent District Health Unit (701-724-6241)
Carbon Monoxide Can Kill!
Numerous cases of carbon monoxide poisoning have occurred since
the April 1997 blizzard. Many families have been without electricity
for several days or longer. Using alternative heating sources
can create a dangerous exposure to carbon monoxide. Anything
that burns can produce carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is colorless,
tasteless, odorless, and non-irritating. In other words, you
don't know you are breathing carbon monoxide at the time of exposure.
What are the Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
- Mild headache initially
- Shortness of breath
- Throbbing headache
- Emotional instability
- Impaired judgment
- Memory loss
- Rapid fatigue
- Symptoms can progress rapidly to coma and death
What is the Treatment of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
- Immediately remove people from the building
- Provide fresh air
- Summon medical assistance
How can Carbon Monoxide Poisoning be Prevented?
- Always provide adequate ventilation when using wood stoves
and fireplaces and ensure proper installation, adjustment and
operation of all flame-burning appliances.
- Never use an oven or gas range to heat the house. These appliances
use the existing oxygen supply.
- Never burn charcoal inside a home or other enclosed space.
- Always ventilate generators used to run cleaning equipment,
pump water or supply electricity to a home. Generators used in
a garage can result in fumes seeping into the home.
- Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors in the home.
Last Updated: April 09, 1997 04:47 pm
Allen Johnson - ND Dept. of Health - firstname.lastname@example.org