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CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY ACT
What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless and colorless gas which could be created whenever a fuel (such as natural gas, Propane, gasoline, coal, wood, kerosene, etc.) is burning. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas and is a poison that binds with hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying molecule in human blood. Because CO’s affinity to bind with hemoglobin is 250 times greater than oxygen, low airborne concentrations and long exposure times can result in substantial carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) concentrations in the blood. COHb is CO bound to hemoglobin. As COHb levels increase, less hemoglobin is available for the transport of oxygen. This lack of oxygen-carrying capability, which is indicated by the increase in COHb, results in the symptoms we associate with CO poisoning.
CO poisoning from the use of fuel burning appliances such as your furnace, boiler, water heater and fireplaces kills hundreds of people each year and sends more than 50,000 to hospital emergency rooms for treatment. Others die from CO produced while burning charcoal inside a home, garage, RV or tent. Still others die from CO produced by cars unintentionally left running in attached garages.
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