Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a toxic gas that you cannot see or smell. CO is given off whenever fuel or other carbon-based materials are burned. Breathing high levels of it causes CO poisoning, which can cause severe illness or death in just minutes.
Although CO poisoning can be prevented, every year, approximately 450 people in the United States die as a result of accidental, non-fire related exposure to this toxic gas. And, every year, thousands more people across the United States require emergency medical care for illness caused by CO poisoning.
Tracking CO poisoning will provide a better understanding of the health consequences of CO poisonings across the country and the impact of public health policy aimed at preventing CO poisoning.
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