What does it mean when your Carbon Monoxide Alarm beeps?
Each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. More than 20,000 will visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning (Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention). Fatality is highest among Americans 65 and older. Sadly, the number of deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning continues to rise yearly.
Carbon monoxide, also known as the silent killer, is an odorless and colorless gas.
CO is produced by stoves, lanterns, burning charcoal and wood, as well as gas ranges and heating systems. Never use portable camp stoves, barbecues or similar in an unventilated space, especially your home or garage.
Many people mistake the symptoms of CO poisoning with the flu. Symptoms include:
When your carbon monoxide detector sounds an alarm, immediately leave the building and call emergency services.