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21 February 2012

Carbon monoxide: silent, deadly

Carbon monoxide (CO) gas has caused more accidental deaths than any other poison – not just because it’s so fast-acting, but because you can’t see, smell or taste it.

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Carbon monoxide (CO) gas has caused more accidental deaths than any other poison – not just because it’s fast-acting, but because you can’t see, smell or taste it, and it’s non-irritant.

Potential sources of dangerous CO levels include car exhaust, and combustion fumes from fuel-burning appliances e.g. charcoal braai grills, camping stoves, fireplaces, gas heaters, wood and coal ovens, petrol generators and power tools.

  • Make sure you know how to use fuel-burning appliances correctly, with good ventilation, and get them professionally inspected every year.
  • Don’t use non-vented appliances indoors, or in semi-enclosed spaces. A non-vented appliance is one that does not have vents to carry smoke and toxic gases outside a building. 
  • Don’t let your car engine idle in the garage unless the garage door is open and doors leading to the house are closed. (Actuallly, avoid idling your engine anywhere.)
  • Finally, consider installing a CO detector.

(Olivia Rose-Innes, Health24, September 2011) ))))))))))))((()0})

 

 

  

 
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