Carbon Monoxide Headquarters
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Recommendations with Respect to SIDS and the Role of CO:
Pregnant women, infants, and children should reside in a smoke-free environment.
Keep all combustion appliances and venting systems in good repair, free of obstructions, and use with adequate ventilation. Pre-season check-ups for furnaces are prudent.
Keep the exhaust system on the car in good repair and ventilate (open window occasionally) on trips.
Consider a move if you plan to become pregnant or already have small children and you live very close to a high auto traffic area/intersection.
If you live in an apartment, ask the manager to have any basement combustion appliances inspected regularly as CO can enter your apartment from the basement, underground parking area, etc.
If you have an attached garage, take care that CO does not seep into the house following car start-ups.
Use caution around fires, such as camp fires and leaf burning, and stay out of direct smoke flow. In addition, barbecue grills on apartment patios and similar situations can pose a threat to the indoor air. Never use barbecue grills indoors.
Be aware of CO sources in the workplace during pregnancy and take necessary precautions.
Breastfeed to ensure added immunolological and other benefits ie., fewer gastrointestinal ailments.
A very important recommendation: Install a CO detector (or several) in the home if you have combustion appliances, a smoker, live near a high traffic area/intersection, have an attached garage, or have any other significant threat of CO to indoor air.
You may wish to take your CO detector along with you on extended trips (ie. a trip to grandparents' home or on vacation).
When shopping for a CO detector, consider one of the newer models that sounds an alarm at low levels (under 10 ppm), which will better protect infants and young children.
...... last changed 02/19/00
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