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What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is a harmful gas that you cannot see or smell. Carbon monoxide is made when fuels like wood, oil and coal are burned.
|A carbon monoxide alarm is your No. 1 tool for avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning.|
You can breathe in carbon monoxide if your appliances or equipment are broken, or if you use them in the wrong way. Some types of equipment that make carbon monoxide are:
What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
You can breathe in carbon monoxide and not even know it until you have symptoms. A carbon monoxide alarm will let you know if you have too much in your home.
When you breathe in carbon monoxide, your brain and heart don’t get enough oxygen. Early symptoms may feel like having the flu. You may:
If you breathe in a lot of carbon monoxide, you could:
What can I do about carbon monoxide poisoning?
If your carbon monoxide alarm is going off, or if you think you have breathed in carbon monoxide:
How can I prevent carbon monoxide poisoning?
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
Last Updated: Friday May 6th 2016