How to prevent carbon monoxide poisonings during autumn and winter.
Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless and toxic. A product of incomplete combustion, it can cause headache, nausea, dizziness and even be fatal. A carbon monoxide detector is a must to have in your house, and as Dr. Bruce Minnes, ER Physician at the Hospital for Sick Children explains, so is taking steps to prevent poisoning in the first place.
“I think we must ensure that our furnaces are in good working order and properly vented. Also, people who use indoor braziers or indoor cooking surfaces may be at more risk, so barbeques, for instance, should be not used indoors, even in the garage. For instance, somebody might try to use the barbeque indoors in the garage in the winter and that would put them at risk for potential carbon monoxide poisoning if the venting isn’t quite proper. And the idling of cars inside a closed garage is also another risk factor for carbon monoxide poisoning. And children shouldn’t be left in the car idling in the garage as this can be a potential hazard.”
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