Carbon monoxide poisoning is known as the silent killer.
You can’t see it or smell it. However, it is the number-one cause of poisoning deaths in the world.
Fire fighters and paramedics are at risk of exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning every day.
That’s why the IAFF and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) have launched “The Silent Killer,” an educational campaign to help raise awareness of the dangers carbon monoxide pose even after a fire has been extinguished. The new health and safety campaign encourages fire fighters to take personal responsibility for themselves by recognizing the occupational hazards of CO exposure and wearing protective masks during both active fire and overhaul operations to prevent unneccesary risks.
A web site provides a fact sheet and online resources. In addition, a six-minute video narrated and produced by Randolph Mantooth highlights the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Mantooth is best known for his role on the television show “Emergency.”
Exposure to carbon monoxide can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Nearly fifty percent of line-of-duty deaths among fire fighters are a result of heart disease and strokes.