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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention

Carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable. There are several things you can do to ensure you and your family are safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • DO have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or, coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • DO install a battery-powered CO detector (or electric-powered device with battery backup) in your home, near all sleeping areas. As with smoke detectors, replace the battery when changing the time on clocks each spring and fall. If the alarm sounds, leave your home immediately and call 9-1-1.
  • DO seek prompt medical attention if you suspect carbon monoxide 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; near a window; or under a tent.
  • DO NOT run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if the door is left open.
  • DO NOT burn anything in a stove or fireplace that is not vented or may be clogged.
  • DO NOT use a gas cooking range or oven to heat your home.

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This effort is supported by funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, Cooperative Agreement Number 5U38EH000619-02. The contents of this Website are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.