Carbon Monoxide Safety Toolkit

A collaboration of tools from CPSC and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offering consumers valuable safety tips for protecting their families from CO.

Keeping your community safe with carbon monoxide alarms.

Want to learn more about CO?  This toolkit from CPSC and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers consumers valuable safety tips for protecting their families from CO.  There are resources for fire departments and public safety educators  to help spread awareness in their communities about CO safety.



For families:

For Fire Departments and Public Safety Educators:


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Portable Generator-Related Carbon Monoxide Deaths

You don't run your car indoors; don't run your generator inside either.
View the Portable Generator Safety poster
View the Portable Generator Safety poster in Spanish



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 Tools for reaching out to the media and your community on CO safety

Social media

Sample news releases

Sample letter to the editor about CO safety

Sample Op/Ed on CO safety


CPSC Safety Guides:

Brochure thumbnailThe Invisible Killer (pdf)
Reviews sources of carbon monoxide (CO) and clues to a possible carbon monoxide problem in the home.


Generator thumbnailPortable Generator Danger
Links to posters, safety cards, door hangers, safety alerts and public service announcements all aimed at promoting safety with generators and reducing CO deaths.


Generators thumbnailWhat to Know: Generators and CO

Safety tips to use when using portable generators


Safety Alert ThumbCarbon Monoxide Poisoning from Camping Equipment (pdf)

A safety alert discussing carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from camping equipment such as portable camping heaters, lanterns, stoves, campers and vehicles. Also, provides prevention advice and information on how to recognize the symptoms of CO poisoning.


Report thumbnail imageResponding to Residential Carbon Monoxide Incidents (pdf)

A guide to first responders on dealing with CO exposure incidents.


Brochure thumbnailInspect, Detect and Protect Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
(En Español)
Protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning. Install CO alarms in your home, test the alarms every month to make sure they are working, and replace batteries every year.

Stay Alive!
(En Español)

Four deadly hazards to avoid after a storm.

The Invisible Killer

Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the "Invisible Killer" because it's a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. According to the CDC, more than 400 in the United States die every year from accidental non-fire related CO poisoning. Products that can produce deadly CO levels include generators and faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces.