The Fire Safety Store Emphasizes: 'Carbon Monoxide Alarms Save Lives'

Jan 21, 2010, 07:18 ET from The Fire Safety Store

CARMICHAELS, Pa., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fire Safety Store is asking families, businesses, and communities to get the word out that "Carbon Monoxide Kills." The Fire Safety Store is your partner in Fire Prevention and Carbon Monoxide Awareness since 1997.


Through their monthly newsletter and website The Fire Safety Store creates an awareness of the lifesaving value of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Often referred to as the "silent killer," continuous exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to brain damage, neurological disorders, even death. While many states have passed carbon monoxide legislation there is a need for national mandatory standards.

Knowledge is your best defense. Become familiar with the symptoms of CO poisoning, the risks for exposure and what to do if exposed.

Because of the similarity of the symptoms to other conditions (cold or flu), carbon monoxide poisoning is often missed.

Symptoms of (CO) Poisoning:

  • headache
  • feeling sick
  • tiredness
  • dizziness

Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, tasteless, and can leak from fuel-burning household appliances. Remember, anything that burns is a potential carbon monoxide source.

Sources of (CO):

  • Furnaces, heaters and stoves (coal, oil, gas, propane, pellet, wood)
  • Water heaters, ovens and clothes dryers
  • Fireplaces
  • Kerosene space heaters
  • Charcoal grills
  • Gasoline and diesel-powered generators
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Idling automobile with closed windows
  • Spray paint, solvents, degreasers, and paint removers

Risks for exposure to (CO):

  • Riding in the back of enclosed pickup trucks
  • Using heating sources or electric generators during power outages
  • Air-tight environment created by home weatherization
  • Enclosed areas using combustion engines or combustible gases
  • Boating: swimming near swim-step of a running boat; mooring next to a boat running a generator or engine; improper ventilation

Headlines across the United States and internationally continue to report on the needless deaths caused by carbon monoxide. The CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) reports that more than 600 Americans accidentally die each year of acute CO poisoning. This does not include the estimated 11,000 cases of low-level carbon monoxide poisoning that go undetected yearly.

Don't ignore the warnings...protect yourself! Acquire a carbon monoxide detector, install it as recommended by the manufacturer, and read the instructions carefully.

ALARMS SAVE LIVES. The FIRE SAFETY STORE wants everyone to be aware of the dangers carbon monoxide presents. Protect your home, business and community from the deadly effects of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Be in Compliance with local CO legislation. Install carbon monoxide alarms on every floor. Visit us online at, call The Fire Safety Store toll-free at 877-877-7050, or email us at and receive prompt, knowledgeable, friendly service. Limited time discount code (DIS10CO) provides 10% OFF our already low prices and can be applied to your order until 06-30-2010. Remember that Carbon Monoxide is dangerous – and if you don't get a CO Alarm from us – please get one.

SOURCE The Fire Safety Store