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Carbon Monoxide – Stopping This Silent Killer in Atlanta

Hundreds die, and thousands are injured each year from the “silent killer” – carbon monoxide poisoning.

It starts out almost undetectable. Low levels of carbon monoxide exposure can often be misdiagnosed as a common cold or the flu. Unlike common diseases, however, they linger. And they turn into serious long term illness.

But even when carbon monoxide poisoning lingers, it can still be misdiagnosed. Because of how it manifests in the body, doctors are often thrown off guard, never getting to the root cause. Deaths and injuries are not always attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning. Many incidents are underreported or never reported at all.

What causes carbon monoxide poisoning? Anything that release CO2, or carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, odorless gas by-product of burnt fuel. You’ll find it in:

  • Gas appliances
  • Solid or oil fuel stoves
  • Blocked or cracked chimneys
  • Gas or solid fuel fireplaces
  • Portable gas heaters
  • Gas or oil boilers or furnaces
  • Wood stoves
  • Barbecues and outdoor kitchens
  • Firepits
  • Car engines

If it burns fuel, it produces carbon monoxide. And it is at risk of creating health problems if not properly handled.

Awareness is the answer.

If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector in your Atlanta home, get one right away.

Existing carbon monoxide detectors should be checked on a regular basis, at least once per quarter, or at the change of each season when you’re introducing new appliance and routines into your life. It’s also wise to replace detectors regularly, every three to five years.

If you ever experience cold or flu-like symptoms for more than a few days, ask your doctor to test for carbon monoxide poisoning and get a second opinion if necessary.

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