Be Safe: All You Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide versus Carbon Dioxide

Many people confuse carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2) even though they are VERY different substances. Both CO and CO2 are colourless and odourless gases. One of the main differences is that CO2 is a common and naturally occurring gas that is required for all plant, animal and human life to survive. CO on the other hand, is a dangerous gas. Use the chart below to identify the main differences between CO and CO2. 

Carbon Monoxide (CO)Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
  • Produced naturally in small doses when methane in the atmosphere is not fully oxidized
  • Fuel burning appliances can produce a dangerous level of CO when they are not ventilated properly
  • CO is considered the most common type of fatal poisoning in the world
  • Common gas in the air, required for plant and animal life
  • Natural byproduct of human respiration process
  • Non-flammable
  • CO2 poisoning is rare

Signs of CO poisoning

As mentioned above, CO can be very dangerous. CO poisoning can occur silently and be difficult to detect. Signs and symptoms that carbon monoxide poisoning may be occurring include:

  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness.

If you or a family member are experiencing any of these symptoms with sudden onset, leave the house immediately and seek medical attention. If left unaddressed, carbon monoxide poisoning can cause irreversible impacts on the brain and lead to death.

Indoor Air Quality Alarms

With the growing amount of information about carbon monoxide, indoor air quality alarms ensure that you and your family are safe before it is too late. Experience peace of mind knowing that if there is a CO leak in your home, your alarm will let you know immediately so that you can take appropriate action.

Ring in the New Year Safely

As we ring in the new year, we want to ensure that we do so safely. Don’t wait to check your indoor air quality alarms. Find your alarm right now and check all of the batteries to make sure that it is working properly. Looking for an indoor air quality alarm you can count on? Call the team at ABW Halton ClimateCare, now. We’re committed to air quality and your family’s safety.