• Phone585-426-2720
  • AddressGates Fire District - 2355 Chili Avenue - Rochester, NY. 14624 [585-426-2720]
  • Open Hours24/7/365
  • Phone585-426-2720
  • AddressGates Fire District - 2355 Chili Avenue - Rochester, NY. 14624 [585-426-2720]
  • Open Hours24/7/365

Know the symptoms of CO poisoning!

What is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “Invisible Killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. More than 150 people in the U.S. die every year from accidental non-fire-related CO poisoning associated with consumer products, including generators. Other products include faulty, improperly used or incorrectly vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces. 

Know the symptoms of CO poisoning

Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people may not know that they are being exposed. The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are like the flu (but without the fever).

They include:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

High level CO poisoning results in progressively more severe symptoms, including:

  • Mental confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of muscular coordination
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Ultimately death

Keep your community informed about the dangers of carbon monoxide and portable generators.