Carbon monoxide safety outreach materials

Keep your community informed about the dangers of carbon monoxide and portable generators with these messages and free materials.

What is carbon monoxide?

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 nonfire-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. Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

Know the symptoms of CO poisoning

Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people may not know that they are being exposed. The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu (but without the fever). They include:

High level CO poisoning results in progressively more severe symptoms, including:

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Outreach materials from the U.S. Fire Administration

Handout: portable generators and winter storms

portable generator safety handout

Download this handout and add your organization's logo English PDF 596 KB | Spanish PDF 592 KB

Handout: carbon monoxide safety

carbon monoxide safety handout

Download this handout and add your organization's logo English PDF 195 KB | Spanish PDF 189 KB

Public service announcement: winter fire safety

Stock photography

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Social media messages to share

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Fire Prevention and Public Education Exchange

The Exchange is a collection of national, state and local fire prevention and life safety practices and public education materials you can share with your community. The materials can inspire new ideas and offer fire/life safety advocates immediate access to proven, effective tools. Visit the Exchange.

Outreach materials from other organizations

The U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following organizations as trusted and reliable sources for free outreach materials you can use to help increase awareness about carbon monoxide poisoning.

Video: how close is too close for portable generators?

Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology

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