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CO Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is known as “the silent killer.” You cannot see it, smell it or taste it. CO claims the lives of nearly 300 people in their homes each year according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). CO is a deadly gas that is produced by fuel-burning heating equipment, such as furnaces, wood stoves, fireplaces, and kerosene heaters. Follow these guidelines to help keep your family safer.


Home Safety - CO Poisoning
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly gas that you cannot see or smell.
Home Safety - CO Poisoning
  • Put a CO alarm in your home. The CO alarm can warn you if too much CO is in your home.
Home Safety - Prevent Airway Obstruction
  • Install a CO alarm near the area where your family sleeps. Know the sound your alarm makes if there is too much CO in the room.
Home Safety - Prevent Airway Obstruction
  • Go outside quickly if the CO alarm sounds.
Home Safety - Prevent Airway Obstruction
  • Call 9-1-1. Your fire department will find out what caused the alarm to sound. They will let you know when it is safe to go back inside.

Potential CO Sources:

CO can build up in your home if you use equipment and appliances that burn fuel but are not working properly. Have a service person check these things every year to be sure they are working properly.

Home Safety - Prevent Airway Obstruction
  • Gas or oil-burning furnace
Home Safety - Prevent Airway Obstruction
  • Gas water heater
Home Safety - Prevent Airway Obstruction
  • Gas or kerosene burning heater
Home Safety - Prevent Airway Obstruction
  • Gas oven or stove
Home Safety - Prevent Airway Obstruction
  • Fireplace or wood stove

The following equipment should only be used outside

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  • Car engines and other motors
Home Safety - Prevent Airway Obstruction
  • Generators
Home Safety - Prevent Airway Obstruction
  • Barbeque or gas grill
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