October 26 - November 1, 2020: Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week

WHEREAS, each year, approximately 140 people in Michigan are hospitalized, and, across the United States, thousands are poisoned and at least 430 people die from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning; and,


WHEREAS, CO is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and poisonous gas known as the “Invisible Killer,” with infants, the elderly, and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or breathing problems at greatest risk; and,


WHEREAS, the most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion, and high levels of CO inhalation can cause loss of consciousness and even death; 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, CO poisoning can also occur when generators are improperly used, and this equipment, as well as vehicles, power lawn equipment, and snow blowers, should be operated when there is adequate ventilation and never in enclosed spaces; and,


WHEREAS, unintentional CO poisoning can occur almost anywhere – in homes, businesses, RVs, cabins, boats, and ice shanties; and,


WHEREAS, the best ways to protect against this invisible killer are installing carbon monoxide detectors with audible alarms, keeping furnaces and other appliances in proper working order through annual inspections and tune-ups, and following all manufacturers’ operating directions; and,


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


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 26 – November 1, 2020, as Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Week in Michigan.