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Protect Yourself Against Carbon Monoxide

Learn how to ward off the poisonous gas.

Learn how to recognize carbon monoxide in your home—even if you’ve installed a carbon monoxide detector—to help keep you and your family safe.

What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced when something burns. It can poison you by depriving your vital organs of oxygen. Common CO-producing items include furnaces, space heaters, cars, and other gas- or kerosene-burning appliances.

How to Recognize Carbon Monoxide
Watch for these indicators that carbon monoxide levels may be rising in your home.

When to Take Action
If you notice any of these signs in your home—or if your carbon monoxide alarm goes off—get everyone outside. From there, follow these steps:

Help Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
One of the easiest steps you can take against carbon monoxide poisoning is to install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors. Replace units every five years, and replace the batteries each year.

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