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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.
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. You might feel like you have the flu. You may:
A carbon monoxide alarm will let you know if you have too much in your home.
If you breathe in a lot of carbon monoxide, you can get very sick. When you breathe in carbon monoxide, your brain and heart don’t get enough air. You could:
If your carbon monoxide alarm is going off, or if you think you have breathed in carbon monoxide:
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
Last Updated: 05/06/2016