The presence of a carbon monoxide alarm in your home can save your life in the event of CO buildup. Install at least one UL (Underwriters Laboratories) listed carbon monoxide alarm, with an audible warning signal, near each sleeping area and outside individual bedrooms. A carbon monoxide alarm measures CO levels over time, and is designed to sound an alarm before an average, healthy adult would experience symptoms.
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A Fact-sheet on the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
Each year in America, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning claims more than 200 lives and sends another 10,000 people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment. (A more recent review claims CO as the leading cause of more than 15,000 accidental poisoning deaths in the United States each year and another 10,000 injuries according to the Carbon Monoxide Medical Association)
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) would like you to know that there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself from deadly carbon monoxide fumes.
UNDERSTANDING THE RISK
What is carbon monoxide?
Where does carbon monoxide come from?
Who is at risk?
WHAT ACTIONS DO I TAKE IF MY CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM GOES OFF?
What you need to do if your carbon monoxide alarm goes off depends on whether anyone is feeling ill or not.
If no one is feeling ill:
If illness is a factor:
PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY FROM CO POISONING
The United States Fire
Last Updated: March 1999
The information provided on this page is based upon the USFA current scientific and technical understanding of the issues presented. Following the advice given will not necessarily provide complete protection in all situations or against all health hazards that may be caused by indoor air pollution and other indoor environmental contaminants. The USFA have not reviewed or approved all the information and documents on indoor air quality that may be provided by other groups or organizations.
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