Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is created when fuels are not burning properly; for example, furnaces, hot water heaters, cars and trucks, and grills. Carbon Monoxide is dangerous because it interferes with the way your blood carries oxygen. CO is picked up by your blood 100 times easier than oxygen, and once in the blood stream, it is very hard for your body to get rid of.
Wisconsin Law now requires each home have Carbon Monoxide Detectors on each level of your home. Read about the law HERE
Common symptoms for CO poisoning are:
If anyone in your house is experiencing these symptoms, get out of the house immediately and call 911 from a cell phone or neighbor's house. Do not attempt to go back in for anything until it has been checked out and declared safe by authorities. CO, in high enough concentrations, can kill a person in minutes.
Remember - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning can be prevented!
Information on this page comes from the Centers for Disease Control and the EPA.