Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced by burning gasoline, wood, propane, charcoal or other fuel. Improperly ventilated appliances and engines, particularly in a tightly sealed or enclosed space, may allow carbon monoxide to accumulate to dangerous levels.

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide builds up in your bloodstream. When too much carbon monoxide is in the air, your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide. This can lead to serious tissue damage, or even death.

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention

  • Portable electrical generators should NOT be used inside your home, garage, carport, basement or other enclosed space, like a covered porch. Only use portable generators outside and at least 20 feet from you and your neighbors' homes. Keep your generator away from doors, windows or air intake vents.
  • Charcoal grills, gas grills, and camping stoves should NOT be used inside your home.
  • Propane and kerosene heaters should NOT be used inside your home.
  • Gas ovens and stove tops should NOT be used to heat your home.
  • Exhaust vents in your home SHOULD be cleared of snow and other blockages to prevent carbon monoxide building in your home.
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors should be installed on each level of your home and outside sleeping areas. Remember to change the batteries every six months and replace your CO detector every five years.