Local fire department seeing uptick in CO emergencies

Carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, a type of asphyxiation. Household gas boilers that are working incorrectly may produce high levels of CO. Detectors situated in kitchen
Carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, a type of asphyxiation. Household gas boilers that are working incorrectly may produce high levels of CO. Detectors situated in kitchen

Credit: E R DEGGINGER

Credit: E R DEGGINGER

Fire crews are warning residents to make sure they have CO detectors working properly after nearly a dozen CO incidents in the last week.

Most of the calls were for CO emergencies, according to a post on the City of Vandalia Fire Department’s Facebook page. In one incident, crews were on a routine medical emergency call when their EMS bag CO detector went off.

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Often called the invisible killer, CO is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. Some signs and symptoms of CO poisoning are nausea, head aches, weakness, and dizziness. If you suspect you have CO poisoning, immediately evacuate the area and call 911.

Anyone who needs help with their smoke or CO detectors can call the Fire Prevention Bureau at (937) 898-2261.