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Carbon Monoxide Can Be Deadly Even If You're Outdoors


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  • In the US, more than 400 Americans die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning, 4,000 are hospitalized, and another 20,000 visit emergency rooms due to exposure
  • The exhaust fumes created by the running boat’s engines contain carbon monoxide that can cause you to pass out and drown
  • Barbecue grills used at campsites may continue to release carbon monoxide for hours after you’re done cooking; never take a barbecue grill inside a tent – even if it’s cold to the touch and no longer glowing

By Dr. Mercola

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas produced when fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas, are burned. When you inhale this gas, it enters your bloodstream where it replaces and blocks the oxygen molecules.

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