The Journal of the American Medical Association, (JAMA Volume 261, No.8, February 24,1989) estimates 1,600 deaths occur yearly!
In addition, around 10,000 cases of carbon monoxide-related injuries are diagnosed each year. Because the symptoms of prolonged, low-level carbon monoxide poisoning mimic the symptoms of common winter ailments (headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, even seasonal depression), many cases are not detected until permanent, subtle damage to the brain, heart and other organs and tissues has occurred. The difficulty of diagnosis also means the numbers of people affected may be even higher.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless odorless gas most often associated with home heating systems and automobile exhaust.
Too much carbon monoxide in your blood will kill you.
To prevent this type of catastrophe at your home or business, please heed the following list.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.
- Have your chimney cleaned on an annual or bi-yearly basis.
- Do not start vehicles (lawn mowers, automobiles) in closed spaces such as a garage.
- All grills should only be used out doors.
- Cars should be turned off immediately upon entering the garage.
- A professional service person should check all central and room heating appliances annually?
- Never use a gas stove or oven for home heating?
- Make sure that the area around any space heaters is well ventilated.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
One carbon monoxide detector shall be installed on each story of a dwelling unit, including basements and cellars (but not including crawl spaces and uninhabitable attics) in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the applicable requirements of NFPA 720. When mounting a carbon monoxide alarm on a story with a bedroom, the alarm at a minimum, shall be located outside the bedroom. A carbon monoxide alarm shall be installed no more than 10 ft. outside any bedroom door – these requirements do not alter the fact that all bedrooms must be equipped with smoke detector/ alarms but if a combination device is utilized, note that for CO only purposes a CO alarm is required no more than ten feet from a bedroom door and outside of the bedroom per 527 CMR 31.00.
It shall be the responsibility of the owner to properly maintain the carbon monoxide detectors in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and NFPA 72.
780 CMR – Seventh Edition (Effective 1/1/08)