CARBON MONOXIDE

  • WHAT


    INVISIBLE, ORDORLESS AND COLORLESS

    in appearance, but can make you very sick

  • CREATED


    WHEN FUELS

    (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely

  • POISONING


    200-300

    unintentional-injury deaths a year, according to the National Safety Council

  • SYMPTOMS


    SHORTNESS OF BREATH

    nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness or headaches

SAFETY TIPS

to protect against CO emergencies

  • LOCATION


    SLEEPING
    AREAS

    Install CO alarms outside each sleeping area and test monthly.

  • SAFETY


    DIFFERENT

    Contact your local fire department to find out what number to call if the CO alarm sounds. Post the number by your phone. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and CO alarms.

  • HOME


    INDOOR
    SAFETY

    Never use your oven to heat your home. Don’t run a fuel-burning vehicle or generator indoors, even if garage doors are open.

  • REMEMBER


    OUTDOOR

    Barbecue grills produce CO and should only be used outside. Never use grills or generators inside your home, garage or near an open building entrance. When camping, remember to use battery-powered lights in tents, trailers, and motor homes.

HEAR THE ALARM?

  • CALL FOR HELP

    Immediately move to a fresh air location and call 9-1-1 for help.

  • SAFE LOCATION

    Remain in a fresh air location until emergency personnel say it is safe.

  • LOW BATTERIES

    If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries or other trouble indicators.

Take the Quiz

  • Question 1

    Your heating unit breaks in the middle of winter. Is it okay to use your oven as a heater?

    Correct!

    The oven isn't for heating a house

    Incorrect

    The oven isn't for heating a house

  • Question 2

    How is carbon monoxide created?

    Correct!

    An inefficient flame can create carbon monoxide

    Incorrect

    How is carbon monoxide created?

  • Your Results

    0 Correct, 0 Wrong

  • Make a Plan

    A little preparation could protect your life and the lives of those around you. It only takes a few minutes to develop a plan. When finished, you'll have a pocket-size emergency plan at hand.

  • Build a Kit

    Remember how long it took to pack for your last vacation? The last thing you want to worry about in a disaster is packing. That’s why everyone should have an Emergency Supply Kit ready to go. Use this checklist to help you assemble your kit.

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