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Coalition educates on dangers of carbon monoxide

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The Ohio Safe Homes Coalition and the University of Toledo teamed up Friday to educate the community about the dangers of carbon monoxide.  Organizers say Ohioans are particularly susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning, especially this time of year, so it's important that homes are equipped with a working carbon monoxide detector.

The first symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to the flu but are often misdiagnosed.  Beware of several family members complaining of the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty thinking
  • If you're experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends you get outside to fresh air immediately.  Leave the home and call your fire department to report your symptoms and have them check it out.  You should also contact a doctor immediately and tell them you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning.

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