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Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless, deadly gas. Because you can't see, taste, or smell it, carbon monoxide can kill you before you know it's there. Carbon monoxide replaces oxygen in the bloodstream eventually causing suffocation.

Mild carbon monoxide poisoning feels like the flu, but more serious poisoning leads to difficulty breathing and even death. Just how sick people get from carbon monoxide exposure varies greatly from person to person, depending on age, overall health and the concentration of the exposure and the length of exposure.

Household carbon monoxide detectors measure how much carbon monoxide (CO) has accumulated. Currently CO detectors sound an alarm when the concentration of CO in the air corresponds to 10% COHb level in the blood. Since 10% COHb is at the very low end of CO poisoning the alarm may sound before people feel particularly sick.

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