Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas which is produced from burning fuels such as wood, oil, natural gas, kerosene, coal, and gasoline. Because CO is invisible, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating, the gas can kill you before you are aware of its presence. There are many steps you can take to reduce the risk of getting sick or dying from CO gas poisoning. The following materials provide information about CO, sources of CO, and actions you can take to prevent CO poisoning.
- What You Need to Know about Carbon Monoxide
This fact sheet provides general information on CO--sources, impacts on the body and poisoning prevention.
- Carbon Monoxide: Know the Hazards
There are many sources of CO including generators, power equipment, household appliances, barbeque grills, lawn equipment, wood stoves, fireplaces, and automobiles. This fact sheet provides tips on proper maintenance and operation of these potentially dangerous CO producers to help you avoid illness and death. Instructions on installation and use of CO detectors are included.
- Carbon Monoxide Hazards from Wood Pellet Storage
To minimize the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning, wood pellets should be safely stored in a separate structure outside your home or business. The outbuilding should have ventilation to the outside and any pellet delivery openings should not allow access to children. Signs should be posted at the storage area to warn everyone about potential CO hazards.
- Generator Safety
You may use this order form (PDF) to request copies of carbon monoxide and other preparedness materials.
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- The Quiet Killer, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Amanda's Law: This law was passed in 2009 and was named for a 16-year-old who died of CO poisoning from a leak in a defective boiler. Amanda's Law requires that CO detectors be installed in all dwellings including single- and multiple-family homes, apartment buildings, hotels/motels, boarding houses, fraternity and sorority buildings, school dormitories, etc. Previously, only some residences built or bought after July 30, 2002 were required to have CO detectors.