Frequent Questions

What are the potential health effects associated with exposure to carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.

  • If you think you are experiencing any of the symptoms of CO poisoning, get outside to fresh air immediately.
  • Leave the home and call your fire department to report your symptoms from a neighbor's home. You could lose consciousness and die if you stay in the home.
  • It is also important to contact a doctor immediately for a proper diagnosis. Tell your doctor that you suspect CO poisoning is causing your problems. Prompt medical attention is important if you are experiencing any symptoms of CO poisoning.

This toolkit from Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers consumers valuable safety tips for protecting their families from CO.

For additional information on carbon monoxide poisoning, we suggest you view the following EPA websites:

You may also wish to view the following non-EPA government resources:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): OSHA Fact Sheet - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (2pp, About PDF)

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