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Carbon monoxide poisoning is also known as the “silent killer.” It is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is very toxic even in small quantities.
It is produced when a carbon fuel, such as gasoline or diesel is burned.
Carbon monoxide disperses freely through the air and will travel readily throughout a boat. It is discharged as engine, generator, or appliance exhaust may re-enter your boat through any opening.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are throbbing temples, inattentiveness of lack of concentration, inability to think coherently, ringing in the ears, tightness across the chest, headache, drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, vomiting, collapse, and convulsions.
Protect yourself from the silent killer and download and take with you the carbon monoxide brochure — available at http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/BoatingEducationCategorypage.shtml.
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