Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention
As temperatures drop and Daylight Savings Time comes to an end on November 1st, the Iowa Public Health Tracking program wants to bring awareness to the dangers of carbon monoxide by providing information, data, and resources to remind Iowans to take action to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
This weekend, as the clocks get turned back, it’s important to remind Iowans to check their home devices that protect their families from carbon monoxide poisoning to ensure that they are in good working order.
In Iowa an average of 35 deaths and 300 emergency department visits from exposure to carbon monoxide occur each year.
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Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheets
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Carbon Monoxide Prevention Flyer
How to Recognize Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. People who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol can die from carbon monoxide poisoning before ever having symptoms.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Tips
- Make sure that you have working carbon monoxide detectors and change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector every six months.
- Have your furnace or wood-burning stove inspected annually by a professional to make sure it works and vents properly outside the home.
- Never use a gas range or oven to heat a home.
- Never leave the motor running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage.
- Never run a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented.
- Never run a motor vehicle, generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine less than 20 feet from an open window, door, or vent where exhaust can vent into an enclosed area.
- If carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected, consult a health care professional right away.
Iowa Public Health Tracking Data
Tracking carbon monoxide poisoning gives public health professionals a better understanding of the health consequences of carbon monoxide poisonings across the country. With tracking, we can monitor the impact of public health policy aimed at preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.
Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations, and Mortality data about carbon monoxide poisoning comes from several sources including inpatient hospitalization and outpatient discharge data, death certificate data, and poison control center call records.