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Carbon Monoxide

According to national statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, carbon monoxide (CO) kills more than 500 people and accounts for an estimated 20,000 emergency department visits annually in the United States.

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that cannot be seen or smelled. It can cause illness and death in some situations, particularly within enclosed indoor areas. Carbon monoxide is produced by fuel-burning appliances, fireplaces and vehicles. The most common causes of CO poisoning are the indoor use of charcoal or gas grills, as well as the running of generators in garages or near air intakes. As of January 1, 2013, CO alarms will be required in all residential dwelling units. For more information on these requirements and CO poisoning prevention tips see the documents below.

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