Recent tragedies have prompted us to display this very important information.
Carbon monoxide is a potentially deadly gas produced any time a carbon-based fuel, such as gasoline, propane, charcoal, or oil, burns.
Sources in your business include gasoline engines on truck mounts &
trucks, generators used for portable equipment, or any other fuel
powered accessories (propane heaters, etc). Cold or poorly tuned engines
produce more carbon monoxide than warm, properly tuned engines.
However, carbon monoxide is always produced whenever an engine is running.
Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and tasteless and mixes evenly
with the air. It enters your bloodstream through the lungs and displaces
the oxygen your body needs. Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
- irritated eyes, headache, nausea, weakness, and dizziness - are often
confused with seasickness or intoxication. Prolonged exposure to low
concentrations or very short exposure to high concentrations can lead to
Each year, many carpet cleaners are injured or killed by carbon
monoxide. Most incidents occur when the work vehicle is parked in the
vicinity of an entrance or window of the premises being cleaned.
Situations of greatest concern are when the technician parks the work
vehicle in a garage to facilitate cleaning in cold or rainy weather.
Caution should be exercised when positioning the vehicle so that
exhaust is not pointed toward or too close to the entry, open windows,
or HVAC intake, that carbon monoxide could enter the building. This
precaution includes engines with exhausts that may be used during the
course of cleaning (e.g., generators, truck-mounted extractors, etc.)