Carbon Monoxide Alarms PSA
updated: Feb 24, 2014, 9:40 AM
Source: SBC Fire
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas known as the "silent killer" because many people do not realize they're being poisoned until it's too late. Initial symptoms of CO poisoning often mimic the flu - including headaches, dizziness and nausea…and are often misdiagnosed.
The public are being asked to remember three things that can help protect them against this silent killer by using the cue Remember, Remember, Remember;
Remember the causes - Carbon Monoxide can be produced when ANY fuel is burnt, including oil, gas, wood and coal.
Remember to service - To prevent Carbon Monoxide, ensure your appliances are installed and serviced annually by a Registered Gas Installer, a Registered Oil Technician, or a qualified service agent for your fuel type. Also make sure vents, flues and chimneys are kept clear.
Remember the alarm - Carbon Monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas. For added protection, install an audible carbon monoxide alarm.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur anywhere, to anyone, at any time. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds people that CO poisoning is easily preventable with a working CO alarm.
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