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Carbon Monoxide Can Kill You: Be Aware Of The Possible Symptoms Of CO Poisoning

Know who at higher risk for Carbon Monoxide poisoning, and what to do if you suspect CO poisoning.

Written by Longjam Dineshwori | Updated : October 7, 2022 5:31 PM IST

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas produced by incomplete burning of various fuels such as wood, gasoline, coal, propane, charcoal, kerosene, or other products containing carbon. So, CO is present in car exhaust fumes, as well as in fumes released from small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, industrial fires, fireplaces, and forest fires. Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen when you inhale excessive levels of the gas that builds up in your bloodstream. This can make you pass out and even kill you.

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Symptoms Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide poisoning may cause “flu-like” symptoms. Possible symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain and confusion.

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How To Prevent CO Poisoning At Home

Have your fuel-burning appliances serviced every year. Avoid burning charcoal indoors. Installing a CO detector at home can alert you when there’s high level of CO concentration.