Carbon Monoxide poisoning can occur in people that use gasoline-powered tools including high-pressure power washers, cutting saws, floor buffers, welders, compressors, and generators in buildings. Even in areas that seem to be well-ventilated, carbon monoxide can rapidly accumulate and build up to dangerous amounts within minutes. Employers and equipment users should not allow the use of gasoline-powered engines inside buildings or enclosed areas unless gas engines can be located outside away from air intakes. Personal carbon monoxide monitors should be used and equipped with audible alarms to warn workers when CO concentrations are too high. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) ceiling limit for CO is 200 parts per million.
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Carbon Monoxide Prevention Tips (CDC):
- Have a mechanic check the exhaust system of your car or truck every year. A small leak in the exhaust system can lead to a buildup of CO inside the car.
- Never run your car or truck inside a garage that is attached to a house even with the garage door open. Always open the door to a detached garage to let in fresh air when you run a car or truck inside.
- If you drive a car or SUV with a tailgate, when you open the tailgate open the vents or windows to make sure air is moving through. If only the tailgate is open CO from the exhaust will be pulled into the car or SUV.
For more information on carbon monoxide please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/co/faqs.htm
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