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Concord Fire and Life Safety warns campers of carbon monoxide poisoning risks


The City of Concord is proud to welcome the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to explore area motorsports-related events, attractions, and behind-the-scenes tours. The Department of Fire and Life Safety wants all visitors to have a safe experience.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Can Be StoppedCarbon monoxide poisoning is a particular risk to campers during the cooler fall race, who may unknowingly put themselves in danger while trying cook or stay warm. Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of any material containing carbon. This includes gasoline, natural gas, oil, propane, coal, or wood.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, deadly gas. Since you can’t see, taste, or smell it, carbon monoxide can kill you before you know it is there.
The Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety is teaming up with Charlotte Motor Speedway officials to ensure that all campers are aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide and how to stay safe. Here are some things to remember if you are spending the weekend at the track, or any time you're camping.


  • Never take a barbecue grill (charcoal or gas) into a tent, camper, motorhome, or under an awning.
  • Never use a fuel-burning appliance to heat your tent or awning.
  • Never cook in a tent or under an awning.
  • Never run a gas or diesel-powered generator inside a tent, camper, motorhome, or under an awning.
  • Do not use a generator too close to your campsite or others’ sites.
  • Always have gas appliances in your camper or motorhome serviced regularly.
  • Do not ride in covered pickup truck beds (campers, canopies).
  • Be aware that alcohol increases the effects of carbon monoxide.

Dangers of carbon monoxide

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly to humans and pets, even in small amounts. It blocks oxygen from entering your body and can lead to death in a very short time.
  • Lower levels of exposure to carbon monoxide causes symptoms similar to the flu. Such as headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizzy spells, confusion, and irritability.
  • Higher levels of exposure to carbon monoxide will result in vomiting, collapse, coma and finally death.
For more information, contact the City of Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety at 704-920-5516.