CO is called the "Invisible Killer" because it's a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. Learn how to protect your family from this deadly gas.
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.
An Alarm Can Save Your Life
Working CO alarms matter. Install one and check its batteries regularly.
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Never use portable heaters or lanterns while sleeping in enclosed areas such as tents, campers and vehicles.
Using a generator indoors can kill you in minutes. Generator exhaust contains carbon monoxide. This is a poison you cannot see or smell. Only use a generator outside, far away from windows, doors and vents.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible killer. Learn about the warning signs and how to prevent CO poisoning.
Guidance for first responders about residential carbon monoxide incidents.
Use portable generators outside only and far from your home. Neveroperate them indoors or in the garage.
Protect yourself from carbon monoxide when using portable generators. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas and can kill you.
Deadly dangers exist after a hurricane strikes. Safety tips on portable generators, candles, gasoline, charcoal and appliances.
Always use portable generators outside, far from the home. Never operate a generator inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or shed, or near a window or exterior vent.
Install and maintain CO alarms in your home to protect your family against the "invisible killer."
Check and Change Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Batteries.
June 1 marks the start of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, and meteorologists have forecast it to be an active one.
When you change the time on your clocks in the spring and fall, remember to change the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms.
You don't run your car indoors; don't run your generator inside either.
Frankie, an 8thgrader from California is the 2015 GRAND PRIZE winner of the Carbon Monoxide Poster Contest. Congratulations, Frankie!