Where does it come from?
Carbon Monoxide is produced from burning any
fuel. Any fuel burning appliance in your home is a possible source
of Carbon Monoxide.
When appliances and their vents don't operate
properly, fatal Carbon Monoxide levels can be produced. Running
a car in a garage or using charcoal indoors can also cause Carbon
What does it do?
Carbon monoxide displaces the body's essential
oxygen. Besides flu-like symptoms, it can also cause vomiting,
loss of consciousness, brain damage and eventually, death. Unborn
babies, infants, senior citizens and people with heart problems
or breathing difficulties are especially at risk.
If you feel better
If symptoms disappear and you feel better when
you do outside your home, but symptoms reappear when you go back
inside, you may have Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
Things to Do to Protect Yourself:
Carbon Monoxide detectors in your home; at least one near sleeping
areas, another outside furnace room.
sure manufacturer's instructions and local building codes are
followed when installing fuel-burning appliances.
Have your heating system inspected and serviced annually.
Follow manufacturer's instructions for safe operation.
chimneys and vents regularly for improper connections, rust
Be aware of any indications that an appliance is not operating
your CO detector activates, open windows, get everyone out and
call for help.
Burn charcoal indoors or in a garage.
a gas oven for heating.
Leave a car running in a garage.
un-vented fuel-burning appliances in a closed room.