Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Killer
Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless and colorless gas that is toxic to humans and animals. Because humans cannot detect CO with their senses, carbon monoxide can killyou before you are aware it is affecting you.
Unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning claims more than 500 lives and sends more than 15,000 people to the emergency room each year in America. Carbon monoxide can come from several sources including charcoal grills, motor vechicles, wood-burning fireplaces and generators.
Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips
Install at least one CO alarm with an audiable warning alarm near the sleeping areas of your home. Ensure the alarm has been evaluated by a recognized laboratory, such as the Underwriters Labooratories (UL).
Have a qualified professional check all fuel-burning appliances and furnaces at leas once per year
Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi or power generator in an enclosed space like a garage. Even if the door is open, the CO may not properly ventilated.
Never keep a car running in the garage.