Portable Heaters & Camping Equipment

People die every year from carbon monoxide poisoning from the use of portable camping heaters, lanterns, or stoves inside tents, campers, and vehicles. Follow these guidelines to prevent this colorless, odorless gas from poisoning you and your family.

  • Do not use portable heaters or lanterns while sleeping in enclosed areas such as tents, campers, and other vehicles. This is especially important at high altitudes, where the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is increased.
  • Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, and confusion. Carbon monoxide reduces the blood's ability to carry oxygen. Low blood oxygen levels can result in loss of consciousness and death.
  • See a doctor if you or a member of your family develops cold or flu-like symptoms while camping. Carbon monoxide poisoning, which can easily be mistaken for a cold or flu, is often detected too late.


  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning with Camping Equipment [ PDF ]
  • CPSC and NKHA Stress Kerosene Heater Safety [PDF]

Press Releases

  • CPSC Warns Of Hazards from Furnaces, Space Heaters and Fireplaces [ HTML ]


  • Technical Feasibility of a CO Shutdown System for Tank-Top Heaters (November 1, 2005) [ PDF ]
  • CO Emissions from a Portable Propane Catalytic Heater - 2003 (June 1, 2003) [ PDF ]; Also: 2002 report