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ADT Safety Tips: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention
Date:9/14/2009

BOCA RATON, Fla., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- As Americans in many parts of the country gear up for colder weather, others brace for the peak of hurricane season. This means more families will begin using fuel-burning space heaters and portable generators that may release harmful carbon monoxide (CO) gas. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year, carbon monoxide poisoning sends more than 20,000 people to emergency rooms and claims nearly 400 lives nationwide.

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Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer - it is odorless, tasteless, colorless and toxic. It can poison the body quickly in high concentrations, or slowly over long periods of time. Home appliances are primary CO sources and the CDC reports that 64 percent of all carbon monoxide poisonings occur at home.

Amy Kabcenell, ADT marketing manager says, "There have been several incidents where carbon monoxide victims have become confused and could not call for help so that's why it's important for CO detectors in homes to be connected to a monitoring center with trained professionals operating 24/7 who can contact rescuers."

To help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in homes, these tips are suggested:

  • Never use portable electric generators, charcoal grills, camp stoves, or other similar devices inside your home, basement, garage or in any confined area that can allow carbon monoxide to collect. Follow usage directions closely.

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