Carbon Monoxide

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How To Prevent Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning

CO is found in fumes produced any time you burn fuel in cars or trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, or furnaces. CO can build up indoors and poison people and animals who breathe it.

  • Install CO detector, replace battery biannually, place near bedroom, consider digital readout, replace every 5 years.
  • Service gas, oil, coal appliances annually by qualified technician.
  • Avoid indoor use of flameless heaters.
  • Address gas refrigerator odor promptly; it could indicate CO leakage.
  • Buy gas equipment with a national testing agency seal.
  • Ensure proper venting for gas appliances to prevent CO leaks.
  • Annual chimney check or cleaning prevents CO build-up.
  • Never patch vent pipes with tape; it can lead to CO accumulation.
  • Avoid using gas range or oven for heating; it causes CO build-up.
  • Never burn charcoal indoors; it emits CO.
  • Keep gas camp stoves and generators outdoors to prevent indoor CO build-up.
  • Use battery-powered CO detector with generators, placed indoors at a safe distance.