Each year in the United States, Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning claims approximately 400 lives and sends another 20,000 people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment. Portland Fire & Rescue encourages citizens and families to know there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself from deadly carbon monoxide fumes.
UNDERSTAND THE RISK
CO is an odorless, colorless, and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure. CO gas can come from several sources including gas-fired appliances, charcoal grills, wood-burning furnaces or fireplaces, and motor vehicles. Everyone is at risk for CO poisoning. Most at risk for CO poisoning are unborn babies, infants, children, senior citizens, and people with heart or lung problems.
Click here to learn what actions to take if a CO Alarm goes off and simple ways to protect yourself and your family from CO poisoning.
Portland Fire & Rescue