MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from English to French –
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Headaches, tiredness, nausea … Warning, these are perhaps the first signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. Invisible, odorless and non-irritating, carbon monoxide acts as an asphyxiating gas that can be deadly in less than an hour. Each year, this poisonous gas is responsible for a hundred deaths in France. The Ministry of Solidarity and Health reviews the risks of intoxication.
Poorly maintained heaters and poor ventilation can cause this type of intoxication. The presence of this gas results from an incomplete combustion, whatever the fuel used (natural gas, wood, coal, fuel, butane, propane, gasoline or oil …) for the production of heat or light.
In order to limit the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning, it is necessary to adopt the right actions:
have all heating and hot water systems and flues (mechanical chimney sweeps) inspected and maintained by a qualified professional in your principal residence, and secondary if necessary;
ventilate the premises at least 10 minutes a day;
keep your ventilation systems in good working order and never obstruct the air inlets and outlets;
observe the instructions for use of the combustion devices indicated by the manufacturer: never operate continuous space heaters continuously; it is imperative to place generators outside buildings; never use for heating or cooking indoors appliances not intended for this purpose: stove, brazier, barbecue …
Organizers of cultural or religious events or family reunions must be particularly vigilant. Poisoning related to the use of gas heaters is common at these collective gatherings.
In case of suspected intoxication:
if possible stop combustion appliances;
evacuate without waiting;
call for help by dialing 15 (Samu), 18 (fire), 112 (European emergency number) or 114 (for the hearing impaired).
The management of intoxicated persons must intervene quickly, at the first symptoms, and may require hospitalization.
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