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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Prevention

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is preventable. There are several DO's and DON'T's you can use to ensure you and your family are safe from CO poisoning.

A man checking the hot water heaterDO have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or, coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.

DO make sure that natural gas appliances, like stoves and water heaters, are properly vented outside the home.

DO install a battery-powered, UL approved CO alarm (or electric-powered device with battery backup) in your home, near all sleeping areas. As with smoke alarms, replace the battery when changing the time on clocks each spring and fall. Replace the alarm itself every few years. If the alarm sounds, leave the building immediately and call 9-1-1. A basic, inexpensive CO alarm can be bought at any home improvement or hardware store as well as some general merchandise retailers.

DO get medical help if you think you may have CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseous.

DO NOT use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline or charcoal burning device inside the home, basement, or garage; outside near a window; or inside a tent.

DO NOT run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if the garage door is left open.

DO NOT burn anything in an unvented stove or clogged fireplace.

DO NOT a gas cooking range, grill, or oven to heat your home.

Learn more about CO poisoning from CDC's Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Program.

Watch this informational video about CO poisoning and prevention tips.

 

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