October 20-26, 2013: Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week

WHEREAS, carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and poisonous gas that causes thousands of citizens to suffer from the effects of CO poisoning and more than 400 accidental deaths in the United States each year; and,

WHEREAS, known as the “Invisible Killer” CO is produced at harmful levels by the improper operation and ventilation of many consumer products and appliances including furnaces, water heaters, ovens, fireplaces, portable heaters, charcoal appliances, generators and vehicles; CO poisoning is caused by the incomplete combustion of fuels including oil, propane, natural gas, coal, wood, kerosene, gasoline, and diesel fuel; and,

WHEREAS, in addition to CO safety education, the best ways to protect against CO poisoning are to install carbon monoxide detectors with audible alarms in homes and businesses and to keep furnaces and other appliances in proper working order by having regular inspections and tune-ups; and,

WHEREAS, during this week, we raise awareness of CO safety throughout Michigan; we encourage citizens to learn more about this invisible killer and to ensure their homes and workplaces are equipped and maintained to protect against CO poisoning;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, October 20 through Saturday, October 26, 2013 as Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week in Michigan.