Car­bon-Monox­ide Safety

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Car­bon monox­ide (CO) is a po­ten­tially deadly gas pro­duced any time a car­bon-based fuel (such as gaso­line, propane, char­coal, or oil) burns. Sources in­clude gaso­line en­gines, gen­er­a­tors, cook­ing ranges, and space heaters. Car­bon monox­ide is un­de­tectable — it has no color, no odor, no taste; it causes no res­pi­ra­tory ir­ri­ta­tion, and it mixes evenly with the air.

Vic­tims of CO poi­son­ing usu­ally aren’t aware they’re be­ing ex­posed to the deadly gas and be­come im­paired in ways that can lead to death. Symp­toms in­clude light-head­ed­ness, dizzi­ness, headaches, nau­sea, con­fu­sion, and vom­it­ing. Pro­longed ex­po­sure to low con­cen­tra­tions of CO, or very short ex­po­sure to high con­cen­tra­tions, can lead to death.

USRider urges all eques­trian trav­el­ers to take pre­cau­tions to avoid CO poi­son­ing. Use only fac­tory-in­stalled, well-main­tained heat­ing units. Avoid us­ing a stove for heat un­der any cir­cum­stances. In­stall a CO de­tec­tor in any trailer that has gas ap­pli­ances. Be aware of the risks, en­sure suf­fi­cient ven­ti­la­tion, and prop­erly in­stall and main­tain equip­ment.

CLIXPHOTO.COM As we head into cooler months, avoid us­ing a stove to heat your trailer while on the road. Use only fac­tory-in­stalled, well-main­tained heat­ing units, ad­vises USRider.

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