Carbon Monoxide Notes

 

Sealing up home air leaks can be deadly

Sealing up the air leaks in your home is good ... right? That's good home maintenance. But sealing up air leaks also can be deadly. Even routine maintenance ... like caulking the windows ... can disturb a home's air pressure balance, causing deadly carbon monoxide gases to circulate through your home. Wherever you burn flammable fuel, carbon monoxide can build up. Don't take chances. Have your cooking and heating appliances checked. Install carbon monoxide alarms. Let's reduce carbon monoxide deaths in Iowa to zero this year. This message has been brought to you by Iowa State University Extension.

 

Flu-like symptoms could mean carbon monoxide exposure

Fall is the flu season when several of us feel the symptoms--headaches, nausea and dizziness. But not all flu-like symptoms mean you've got the flu. Headaches, nausea and dizziness also are symptoms of exposure to low-level carbon monoxide. Fall is the season when we close up the windows and turn on the furnace. Wherever you burn flammable fuel, carbon monoxide can build up. Don't take chances. Have your heating appliances checked. Install carbon monoxide alarms. Let's reduce carbon monoxide deaths in Iowa to zero. This message has been brought to you by Iowa State University Extension.

 

Have heating appliances checked every year

You can't smell carbon monoxide, you can't taste carbon monoxide, and you can't see carbon monoxide. But wherever you burn flammable fuel, carbon monoxide can build up. Don't take chances. Have all heating appliances checked every year. Have your chimney cleaned. Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home, the workshop, and outbuildings where you use supplemental heaters. Let's reduce carbon monoxide deaths in Iowa to zero this year. This message has been brought to you by Iowa State University Extension.

 

A carbon monoxide detector could save your life

Give a carbon monoxide alarm as a gift this year. You could save someone's life. That's what happened to one Iowa family last year. They received a carbon monoxide alarm as a gift but didn't install it until one morning when they all felt dizzy and nauseated. Moments after they installed the alarm, it went off. See to it that you and your loved ones are protected. Have heating appliances checked and install carbon monoxide alarms in your home, workshop, and outbuildings. Let's reduce carbon monoxide deaths in Iowa to zero. This message has been brought to you by Iowa State University Extension.

These carbon monoxide notes were originally published in 1996.

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