Carbon Monoxide Poisoning | Symptoms & Causes

What are some sources of carbon monoxide?

The majority of CO exposures occur in the winter months. The most common source of residential CO-related poisoning is un-vented or faulty furnaces and heaters. Increased risk occurs anytime these products are operated in enclosed areas with poor ventilation. Other common sources of CO include the following:

  • auto exhaust
  • indoor charcoal grills
  • tobacco smoke
  • faulty fireplaces and chimneys
  • fires
  • fuel burning equipment such as gasoline engines, gas logs, and gas space heaters
  • faulty gas water heaters or clothes dryers
  • gas appliances and heaters in cabins or campers, pools, and spas

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

The following are the most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Some of the most common symptoms may include:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • weakness or clumsiness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • loss of hearing
  • blurry vision
  • disorientation or confusion
  • seizures
  • loss of consciousness or coma
  • cardiac arrest
  • respiratory failure
  • death