Carbon Monoxide Infographic



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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention

Carbon Monoxide or “CO” is an odorless, colorless gas.

Exposure to CO gas can lead to poisoning and sudden illness or death.

The Problem with CO

It cannot be detected by our senses.

Dangerous concentrations of the gas can build up indoors and go undetected.

CO poisoning symptoms are similar to the flu. Victims do not to recognize the early symptoms.

Common Sources of CO


Homes with attached garages

Furnaces or boilers

Gas stoves and ovens

Fireplaces, both gas and wood burning

Water heaters

Clothes dryers

Wood stoves

Power generators

Motor vehicles

Power tools and lawn equipment

Tobacco smoke

CO Poisoning Symptoms





Chest pain


People who are sleeping or drunk can die from CO poisoning before they notice the symptoms.

Who is at Risk?

Every person who is exposed to high levels of CO can be at risk.

Young children, the Elderly and people with the following conditions are at even greater risk:

Respiratory conditions,

Cardiovascular disease

Anemia or sickle cell anemia

People engaged in strenuous activity

CO Poisoning Prevention

Install a CO detector in your home

Replace the battery when you change your clocks each spring and fall.

Place your detector where it can wake you if it is activated.

Replace your CO detector every five years.

Get heating/cooling systems or fuel burning appliances serviced by qualified technicians.

Do not use portable flameless chemical heaters indoors.

Buy equipment approved by a national testing agency, i.e. Underwriters’ Laboratories.

Make sure gas appliances are vented properly.

Horizontal vent pipes for appliances should be angled upward slightly.

Have your chimney checked for debris annually as a blockage can cause CO to build up.

Do not cover a vent pipe.

Do not use a gas range or oven for heating.

Do not burn charcoal indoors.

Do not use a portable gas camp stove indoors.

Do not use a generator inside your home, basement, or garage.

CO Poisoning from Vehicles

Check the exhaust system of your vehicle every year. A leak in the exhaust system can

lead to a build-up of CO inside the vehicle.

Never run your car inside a garage attached to a house – even if the garage door is open.