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Tips to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless and tasteless toxic gas that can cause severe harm when inhaled. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs as the gas replaces oxygen in your bloodstream. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be flu-like, including headache, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath and fainting.

This is why it is so vital to have a carbon monoxide detector in your house with up to date batteries and regular testing. And when your carbon monoxide detector starts beeping, it's important to listen to it and seek fresh air.

If you're concerned that you or someone you know may be suffering carbon monoxide poisoning: first, leave the area you believe to be contaminated and move outside where you can breathe clean air, and second, call 911.