CO Dangers, Dr. D. Penney
Carbon Monoxide Dangers:
Avoid the following Dangerous Situations:
Running any gasoline-powered engine (eg. automobile) in a closed garage, or in an attached garage near a living space.
Using a gas range or oven for home heating.
Burning charcoal or operating a propane grill in your home.
Having blocked or corroded exhaust flues and vents from furnaces and water heaters.
Conditions producing "down-drafting" or "back-drafting" of furnaces or other vented heaters.
Opening the rear window of van, camper or recreational vehicle (RV) while driving. This produces the deadly "station wagon effect").
Do the Following:
Have your furnace inspected annually.
Maintain positive air pressure in automotive, RV and marine interiors by keeping front venting or hatches open to allow outside air to enter.
Have one or more functioning CO detectors always on alert.
Maintain a high degree of suspicion of CO poisoning in prolonged headache, fatigue, etc.
...... last changed 05/08/03
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