November 5-11, 2018: Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week

WHEREAS, each year approximately 140 people in Michigan are hospitalized due to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, and 500 people die across the United States. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and poisonous gas known as the “Invisible Killer” because it also poisons thousands of citizens each year; and,

WHEREAS, CO is produced at harmful levels by the improper operation and ventilation of all fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, water heaters, ovens, fireplaces, generators, portable heaters, charcoal grills, and vehicles; and,

WHEREAS, CO poisoning is also caused by the incomplete combustion of fuels including oil, propane, natural gas, wood, coals, kerosene, gasoline and diesel; and,

WHEREAS, the most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. High levels of CO inhalation can cause loss of consciousness and even death; and,

WHEREAS, CO poisoning can also occur when generators are improperly used, and everyone is urged to follow all manufacturer’s operating directions. This equipment as well as vehicles, power lawn equipment and snow blowers should always be operated where there is adequate ventilation, never in enclosed spaces; and,

WHEREAS, unintentional CO poisoning can occur almost anywhere – in homes, businesses, RVs, cabins, boats and ice shanties. The single best way to protect against this Invisible Killer is to install carbon monoxide detectors with audible alarms in these places, and to keep furnaces and other appliances in proper working order through annual inspections and tune-ups; and,

WHEREAS, awareness of CO safety in Michigan is a top priority and residents are encouraged to learn about this poisonous gas and ensure homes, workplaces, related equipment and appliances are equipped and maintained to protect themselves and loved ones against possible poisoning;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 5-11, 2018 as Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week in Michigan.