Carbon monoxide safety outreach materials

Help inform residents in your community 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:

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 688 KB | Spanish PDF 645 KB

Handout: carbon monoxide safety

carbon monoxide safety handout

Download this handout and add your organization's logo English PDF 844 KB | Spanish PDF 765 KB

Public service announcement: winter fire safety

Stock photography

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Social media messages and images to share

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Twitter

150+ people die each yr from consumer product-related carbon monoxide. Do you have a working CO alarm? https://www.usfa.fema.gov
If you are running a generator, you need to have a working CO alarm in your home. https://www.usfa.fema.gov
Keep gas generators away from homes & garages. Carbon monoxide can kill within minutes. https://www.usfa.fema.gov

Facebook

150+ people die on average each year from consumer product-related carbon monoxide. Knowledge and awareness are the keys to protecting your family. Learn more about the dangers of carbon monoxide at https://www.usfa.fema.gov

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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

More information on carbon monoxide safety