They were conscious and breathing when they arrived at the hospital–a father and son suffering from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in their Euclid, Ohio, home last week. According to a news report, firefighters say they found CO levels in the home at 900 parts per million. Normal levels would be fewer than 10 parts per million.
Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. It is often called “the invisible killer.” Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, nausea, and drowsiness.
The family in Euclid recognized the symptoms and got help. Firefighters say the problem was caused by a heating issue involving the boiler.
NFPA’s Carbon Monoxide Safety tips sheet, Community Toolkit and safety information page on the NFPA website provide safety tips, statistics, and materials for presenting CO safety information to the public.