Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning
Generators and gasoline engines are often used when there are power outages. CO is a poisonous gas that is found in combustion fumes, such as those produced by small gasoline engines, stoves, and generators. CO cannot be seen or smelled and can kill in minutes.
Tips to avoid CO Poisoning:
- Never run a generator or any gasoline-powered engine inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented. Keep vents and flues free of debris, especially if winds are high. Flying debris can block ventilation lines.
- Never run a motor vehicle, generator, or any gasoline-powered engine outside an open window, door, or vent where exhaust can vent into an enclosed areas.
How To Recognize CO Poisoning:
Expose to CO can cause loss of consciousness and death. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. People who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms. If CO poisoning is suspected, consult a health care professional right away.
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