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- If a vent pipe has a hole, carbon monoxide can escape into the house.
- Using a barbecue grill or camp stove indoors can cause a build-up.
- Running a car engine with the garage door closed will cause a build-up.
- Exposure to carbon monoxide through improperly vented or faulty appliances
- Use of portable generators, especially after a natural disaster
- Fetuses—maternal cigarette smoking is a major source of exposure
- Older adults
- Smoking—waterpipe tobacco smoking may put you at an even higher risk
- Cold external enviroment
- Blood, heart, or lung conditions
- Rapid heart rate
- Chest pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Disturbed vision
- Hoarse voice
- Loss of balance
- Joint pain
- Rapid heart rate
- Numbness and tingling
- Disturbed vision
- Loss of appetite
- Disturbed sleep
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Memory loss
- Mood disorder and emotional distress
- Diarrhea and abdominal pain
- Reduced sex drive
- Whether symptoms come and go
- If anyone else in the household feels ill
- If you use fuel-burning appliances
- Ventilator—to assist in breathing for people in a coma, or who have serious heart or nerve involvement
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy—a special chamber in which oxygen is given under greater pressure than normal
- Have an expert check your fireplace chimney every year. Debris can block vents, causing a build-up of carbon monoxide.
- Before the start of the heating season, have a professional check that your gas and kerosene appliances are working properly.
- Make sure all gas and combustion appliances are vented to the outdoors through pipes with no holes.
- Do not use your gas stove or oven for heating your house.
- Do not use a barbecue grill, camp stove, or unvented kerosene heater inside your house or tent.
- Do not use generators or other gasoline-powered engines indoors.
- Only buy and use equipment that carries the seal of the American Gas Association or the Underwriters' Laboratory.
- Do not rely exclusively on a carbon monoxide detector. Use one only as backup, in addition to preventive measures. Follow manufacturer's directions for installation and maintenance.
- Ask a mechanic to check your car's exhaust system every year.
- Do not run the car in the garage, especially with the door closed. Start the car and take it outside.
- Do not leave the door from the garage to the house open when the car engine is running.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013 -
- Update Date: 12/30/2013 -