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Carbon Monoxide Safety Toolkit

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.

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

Generators thumbnailWhat to Know: Generators and CO (with Demographic Chart)

Safety tips to use when using portable generators including a demographic chart


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.

Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the "Invisible Killer" because it's a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. More than 150 people in the Unites States die every year from accidental non-fire related CO poisoning associated with consumer products, including generators. Other products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces.

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The Neighborhood Safety Network (NSN) is a special program of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission designed to work with you to get timely safety information to members of your community who may otherwise be unaware of various dangers in and around their homes.

Unfortunately, we find that certain groups of Americans, such as the elderly, urban and rural low-income families, and some minority groups, are often underserved and do not hear about our safety messages. That’s where you come in.

By joining the NSN, you will receive free product safety messages and posters from CPSC that you can download and share in your community. Through the NSN, you have access to posters, checklists and toolkits that can be used to create a safety program in your neighborhood.

Become a partner in our campaign to share vital lifesaving safety information with your community.

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