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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Imagine that it is the first really cold night of the winter season You begin to feel a chill in the house so you decide its time to turn on the furnace So you get up out of your chair and adjust the thermometer After a while you notice that it has not really warmed up much in the house So you decide to check it again just as soon as you get something for this awful headache that just came on But as you get up out of your chair you almost fall over because you are so dizzy You also begin to feel weak and nauseous You think that it is just a case of the flu coming on but it could be something much worse Without even knowing it a silent killer has made its way into your home This killer shows no remorse It strikes men women and children It does not care what color you are nor does it care what nationality you are The killer is carbon monoxide Carbon monoxide or CO as it is also called is an odorless colorless and deadly gas given off when any fuel is incompletely burned by for example a furnace or water heater Marable 97 Unlike a fire where you can immediately see smoke and flames carbon monoxide poisoning gives no physical evidence of its presence But when taught to see and look for the warning signs of carbon monoxide deaths in the home due to carbon monoxide poisoning can be prevented Sometimes in a home the hot water supply is low or the furnace fails to keep the house warm A natural reaction in any of these situations would be to turn up the tempeture on both appliances But did you know that a low supply of hot water and a furnace that does not keep a house warm could be a warning sign of a CO
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