Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
Ben Evarts, Research Analyst at NFPA, discusses key points from NFPA's report "Non-Fire Carbon Monoxide Incidents" and explains the dangers of carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide incidents are most common between the months of November and February, so now's the time to start thinking about how you'll keep your family safe from CO this coming winter.
- [carbon monoxide fact sheet | http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=280&itemID=18270&order_src=C246]
- [carbon monoxide safety tips | http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=1705&itemID=41146&URL=Safety%20Information/For%20consumers/Fire%20&%20safety%20equipment/Carbon%20monoxide/Carbon%20Monoxide%20safety%20tips]