As the region faces a major winter storm and the possibility of power outages, the Norwalk Health Department and the CT Department of Public Health (CT DPH) urge you to take steps to stay safe by understanding the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
CO is an invisible, odorless gas that can be fatal. Breathing in too much CO can cause loss of consciousness or death. More than half of CO poisonings in Connecticut occur when people don’t use their portable generators properly. To prevent CO poisoning, follow these tips from CT DPH and the Norwalk Health Department:
The symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to flu symptoms: headache, fatigue, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, confusion, or loss of consciousness. People who are sleeping or unconscious can die from CO poisoning before they exhibit any symptoms. Anyone exhibiting these symptoms should leave the house immediately and call 911 and the Connecticut Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 from another location.