“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and unfortunately a dangerous time of year due to the increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning as people try to beat the cold during the cold winter months and during power outages during a storm. Carbon monoxide (CO) does not discriminate — the danger is real, no matter what your socio-economic status.
One aspect of carbon monoxide poisoning that makes it a “silent killer” is that the symptoms are often vague and may be discounted as other illnesses like the flu. Many people do not realize they are having symptoms or delay seeking help until it is too late. A common scenario is that people go to bed thinking they have food poisoning or are coming down with a cold or flu, only to continue to be exposed to the toxic gas and die in their sleep.