Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that kills without warning. Many household items produce this poison gas.
There are many sources of CO in and around your home, including portable generators, power equipment, household appliances, charcoal and gas barbecue grills, lawn equipment, wood stoves, fireplaces, gas and oil-burning furnaces, and automobiles.
CO poisoning can cause symptoms of headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, loss of muscle control, shortness of breath, chest tightness, visual changes, sleepiness, fluttering of the heart, skin redness, confusion and slowed reaction time. At high levels, or continued exposure, CO can cause suffocation, loss of consciousness, brain damage, or death.
You can prevent carbon monoxide exposure. Following these important steps can keep your family safe: