Carbon monoxide is called the “silent killer” because of its colorless, odorless, and tasteless nature. It can’t be detected by humans without the help of an alarm or detector, which is why it’s so important to test CO alarms monthly, at home and on the job.
As the weather gets colder and more alternative heating sources are used to provide warmth, now is the time to make sure you are protected in the workplace. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, CO poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poisoning in the United States and is responsible for an average of 450 deaths each year.
CO poisoning is also difficult to diagnose as the symptoms mimic those of many other illnesses, including nausea, headaches, dizziness, weakness, chest pain and vomiting. If you suspect CO poisoning, move the victim to fresh air immediately and call 911. If the victim has stopped breathing, administer CPR.
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