Hazards of Carbon Monoxide
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PPM: Parts Per Million Carbon Monoxide
35 PPM: Maximum allowable concentration for continuous exposure in an 8 hour period
200 PPM: Slight headache, tiredness, dizziness, nausea after 2-3 hours
400 PPM: Frontal headaches within 1-2 hours, life threatening after 3 hours
800 PPM: Dizziness, nausea and convulsions within 45 minutes. Unconsciousness within 2 hours. Death within 2-3 hours
1600 PPM: Headache, dizziness and nausea within 20 minutes. Death within 1 hour
3200 PPM: Headache, dizziness and nausea within 5-10 minutes. Death within 30 minutes
6400 PPM: Headache, dizziness and nausea within 1-2 minutes. Death within 10-15 minutes
12,800 PPM: DEATH within 1-3 minutes
Areas to Check
Gas Forced Air Furnace:
Check in front of unit, check flue pipe for obstructions, check for cracked heat exchanger
Wood Stove or Fireplace:
Check for poor draft, open doors, cracks in cast iron, holes in smoke pipe
Kitchen Stove (Gas):
Is the door open? Is the pilot on? Is the stove used as supplemental heat?
Is a fan pulling flue gases back down the flue pipes of the furnace or water heater, exhaust fan, whole house fan?