Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to unconsciousness, brain damage or death. If you believe you have carbon monoxide poisoning or your detector continuously goes off, dial 911 immediately and leave your residence (outside for fresh air is best).
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Cherry red skin
Fluttering of the heart
Loss of muscle control
Tightening of the chest
Protect Yourself from Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas. You should have carbon monoxide detectors in your home to warn you. CO detectors are inexpensive and usually run you about $20 - $50.
Carbon Monoxide can be produced in your house from:
Charcoal or gas grills, cigarettes
Fuel burning engines (lawn mowers, generators)
Gas or fuel burning appliances such as stoves and driers
Lack of heating equipment ventilation
Leaving your vehicle running for an extended period of time in the garage or next to an open window or door