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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention

Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “invisible killer” because it's a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. It is undetectable to the human senses, so people may not know that they are being exposed.

CO poisoning can occur when a fuel-burning appliance or machine, such as a furnace, heater or generator, is not working or vented properly.

Did you know:

Breathing in CO at high levels can be fatal. More than 150 people in the United States die every year from accidental nonfire-related CO.

Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

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Protect your family from the dangers of CO

Install and maintain CO alarms inside your home to provide early warning of CO.
Install CO alarms in a central location outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home.
Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows and vents.
Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.

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Have a carbon monoxide alarm on all levels of the household


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